We are in October, and this is my first post of the year! Where has the time gone?!
This year has been one of stretching and growing.
Every year, I feel like I go through a period of growth and in my mind, I’m thinking, “Okay, this is it; this has got to be the toughest one yet”, and then, a year later, I’m smack in another season that seems to be never-ending. It’s exhausting, but the reality is this is life. And what’s more, as a person who is called by God and preparing to do great and mighty things (FYI we are all called for mighty things) , it’s the life I signed up for. That probably doesn’t sit right when you read it, but think of it this way: when you train to be an athlete, running marathons, or if you’re a gymnast, you never stop training. Some periods, especially when you have a competition coming up, might be more intense than others. When you are going up in category or specialty, things get complicated, they get more demanding, and you train harder because the goal has shifted. It’s the same with life, particularly the Christian life. We can’t stay stagnant; we keep growing and pushing, especially when there is a call of God on your life. We are all called, but to different things and the level of your call will determine the level of your training.
So, for me, 2023 has been another level of training. I don’t know how I have managed it so far, but I have learnt a thing or two that I would like to share.
The training can be challenging, but you have the best coach. Don’t underestimate having Jesus on your side. One of the Bible verses that I have found very fascinating is Mark 14:35-36. More recently, it has reminded me that while Jesus was God, he was human on this earth and struggled just like we would. He asked God to take away the death on the cross even though he had known from childhood that this was indeed his mission, his one goal, everything he had been training for. If God in the flesh felt like this, but someone managed to overcome and do what needed to be done, then when the training seems rough, I can lean on him 100% and understand that he will see me through because he is the best coach out there.
I’ve recently dropped my book, “You Are Not Alone” (you can purchase it here or on Amazon), and the more I go through life, the more I have to remind myself that I am indeed not alone. There is someone who is always with me, and He will never leave me without a way out.
“God is good”
The wilderness season, or stretching period, is never a time of punishment. It is a time when we learn and develop the skills we need to be the people God has called us to be.
So, if you are in such a season in your life, remember that God loves you more than your human mind can fathom, and this season will pass. Before you know it, spring will be upon you.
And a little nugget: stop comparing your season to other people’s seasons. It really only makes you doubt the goodness of God. Fact 101: God is Good. Full stop, period. Anything that makes you doubt this fact must be cut out of your life because it is an undebatable fact.
God is good, and everything He does is for our good and because He loves us very much.
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