Embrace Your Season

There are moments when we enjoy what is happening in our lives. The grass is green; the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. We have a spring in our step and a song on our lips; everyday we are singing, “O Happy Day.” We begin to wonder if life can get any better! Then out of nowhere, we enter a season of change. The grass is dried up and the flowers have faded.The sky is filled with rain and nothing is familiar.

What do we do? The only song on our lips is, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See.” But even in that season or period of life, all is not lost. The Apostle Paul said Romans 8:28 NLT,And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” And there are those who are saying, that was easy for him to say. You have no idea what is going on in my life. That is true but what did the Apostle Paul go through to lead him to this truth?

Well in 2 Corinthians 11, Paul shared some of his experiences in his service for the Lord. 

24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 

25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 

26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 

27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 2 Corinthians 11:24-27

In spite of all these things, Paul said that God is able to take the hardships, troubles and trials in our lives and cause them to benefit us. God wastes nothing in our lives and he will use our hardships to bring us into His purpose so we would know that we are who we are through Him. When you experience hardship, look for purpose in your pain and embrace your season. 

Thought for Today: Friend, God knows your pain; He will work it out.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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