I recently went through a season of dullness and a sheer lack of spiritual focus. I would get thoroughly distracted whenever I tried to read Scripture that I took a break altogether. My secret place was filled with God, me and the pussycat dolls. My attention would shift to my almost non-existent knowledge of quantum physics or the crack on the wall. But one thing didn’t change, my resolve to find God even in that state. I allowed Him to speak to me through that season of dullness.
Before I get into what God taught me about breaking through seasons, I need to share a word.
Ever been in a ‘weird headspace’? Where you know something’s off but you aren’t sure what? I have; one too many times. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties. (Psalms 139:23). I claimed this scripture for all my weird headspace situations and for sure the Word was quick and active in equipping me with self awareness. You can’t cure a problem if you don’t know what it is. Early detection of any illness improves chances of survival. People perish for lack of knowledge. Claim Psalms 139 if you ever find yourself in such a situation, where you don’t quite know what’s going on.
IDENTIFY THE SEASON YOU’RE IN:
Delve into the real picture of things. Come to terms with what’s happening through:
1. Taking a time-out: A ton of introspection would do. Thoroughly explore your thoughts and feelings about your situation(s).
2. Acceptance of what’s going on: Do not be the ostrich that buries its head in the sand.
3. Admitting your limitations: Do what you can up to where you can. Leave what you can’t.
WHAT THE WORD HAS TO SAY ABOUT YOUR SEASON:
Just as there is spring, summer, autumn and winter; dawn, noon, dusk and nightfall; so shall there be different seasons of life.
-To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1). You will have Kodak moments where you paint the town red and even heaven itself seems to shine upon your very existence. Then there will be moments marked with sadness and confusion. That’s life for you.
-Be ye angry,and sin not. (Ephesians 4:26)
We process the world through emotions. We respond to seasons through emotions, which is in order. The problem comes in when we let emotions rule over us. We need to find strength in the fact that given that we are in Christ, the old has gone and the new has come. We need not let situations rule over us as they did when we were not in Christ. You shall not be given over to anger or any other emotion that seeks to rule you.
-For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
Your season may beat you down but it won’t last. It’s temporary. Seasons come and seasons go. Don’t miss the point. Your inner man is being renewed. You might not understand the situation but just ask God for grace to fix your heart on things unseen.
-In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Tough seasons are as certain as death and taxes. We as Christians aren’t immune to painful circumstances. We need to know that He has overcome.
-Greater is he who is in you, than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
-There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
You are never alone. Someone else somewhere has gone through what you are going through. The beauty is that God provides not just grace sufficient but a means of escape.
-No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)
-And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)
-Be still and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10).
Stop. There’s only so much that human strength and wisdom can do for any particular situation. We are limited in our solutions, vision and view of the bigger scheme of things. Our highest wisdom is nowhere near His lowest folly.
All of life happens within the context of grace. Whatever season you’re in, I do pray that you will find the highest pleasure in drawing near to God. (Psalms 73:28)