The thing about seasons is they change.
The hard seasons of life can catch us off guard and make us feel out of sorts and confused. Good seasons can cause us to forget to pray and spend time with God. The Bible says that the children of Israel forgot God when they got into their fine houses and life was going well. They stopped seeking Him. When things weren’t going well they often became discouraged instead of recognizing that some things are just part of the seasons of life.
If you can understand that life has many different seasons, most of which are followed by an opposite kind of season, and that some seasons last longer than others you can make it through any season with your hope anchored and your faith intact.
Here are four ways to navigate the different seasons of life including the one you’re in.
- Be consistent in your relationship with God. Don’t stop seeking the Lord or spending time with Him when things get so good your plate is full, and remember, run to Him, not away from Him when you face trials. He is Constant, He is our Comforter. Our answers and our strength is in Him.
- Learn to be contented in your season. Don’t complain. Look for the blessings and the good in every season no matter how long it takes to get through it. Keep a humble and thankful attitude when things are going well for you.
- Be present. Many times life goes by so fast we forget to be present. In the good times we can get so occupied with other things that we don’t make time there for the people who need us most. When we face trials we can become preoccupied with what we are going through and do the same thing – not make time for the people and the things that need our attention. There are times you will have to dance while you mourn and mourn while you dance so you can be present for those you love. Learn the lessons God and life are trying to teach you. Deal with things by seeking God to find out what He would have you do.
- Keep moving forward. Even though we need to present in our moments and give attention to each day, we also need to have a forward-moving attitude. Jesus warned us not to look back (Luke 17:32) or to worry about our future (Matthew 6:34). However, we should have expectant hope for our future, whatever season we are in.
Beloved, the good news is this: It’s not the seasons of life, but the way we go through each season that matters. If we stick with God, He will see us through each season and make all things work together for our good.