In bible study this past week we talked about adversity. We discussed how the world responds to adversity vs. how God wants us to respond to it. God wants us to turn to Him when adversity comes around, but how many of us try to fix things on our own? Or how many of us respond in anger?
I can’t help but think of the song by Garth Brooks “Unanswered Prayers.” The older I get, the more I have learned to appreciate those unanswered prayers. One thing I’ve learned is that sometimes what I see as a “No” from God is merely a “not yet.” One big lesson I’ve learned is that if in the hard moments I am really real with God and I flat out tell Him I don’t know how to be thankful in this season (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 be thankful in all things…) He will help me and teach me how to lean into Him and trust Him in the situation. Please do not think I have this perfected, I don’t but I have learned it’s ok to be real with God and He will lead me.
I’m in a new season of life. I just turned 50. My granddaughter just started kindergarten this year and my youngest child is a junior in high school. I’m enjoying watching my adult daughter who is now a teacher raising her daughter and I enjoy watching my teens prepare to fly the nest. I’m excited about this season. As I reflect on all of my blessings I can’t ignore the storms of life that brought me here. My teens have never known me to be married or to even have a boyfriend. My husband left when our youngest child was 3 months old. My world collapsed! It took years for me to learn how to turn this over to God and let Him do His thing….GROW ME! I needed that storm to teach me how to be strong in the Lord, humble, teachable. I had to learn how to stop being independant so that I could be completely dependant on God. I also had to learn how to heal. That storm brought forth beautiful fruit and I have learned how to be thankful for unanswered prayers.
Now, I await with great anticipation to expereince the new seasons coming. I am looking forward to what life with young adult children will be like, even what ministry will look like as I come to have more time.
It can be hard but ride out your season and be thankful. Turn to the Lord and He will lead you through.
What season are you in? Are you pressing into the Lord or being angry and upset, or trying to maneuver through on your own accord?