Is spring ever going to come? That question is undoubtedly a hot topic of conversation in a good portion of the country. At least it is where I live.
Sitting on my sun porch, I glance out the window and notice my Magnolia tree. Hundreds of buds adorn its branches. A sure promise that spring is coming. I talk to the tree, “Wait, just a little longer until the days are warmer. Don’t bloom yet; the time is not right. Be patient, the right time is coming.”
But it doesn’t listen, some buds have begun to shed their protective shell, and the tender pink flowers are peeking out. Sadly, the buds that impatiently tried to speed up the arrival of spring have been burnt by frost. Now they will never be the magnificent flowers they were created to be.
Am I any different? Sometimes I feel like a petulant three-year-old stomping my foot, “ I want spring, and I want it now.”
Sure this weather is aggravating my Fibromyalgia but what am I missing by pouting about what I want and when I want it. Where should my focus be instead? What lessons does Jesus want to teach me in this season?
“For everything that happens in life – there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (Voice)
I will be the first to admit that I am not a patient person and because of that I am guilty of trying to force the rhythms of life instead of waiting on God’s perfect timing.
I forget what Galatians 5:25 tells me, “Now since we have chosen to walk with the Spirit, let’s keep each step in perfect sync with God’s Spirit.”
But how do I learn to be in the moment, to determine what He wants to teach me in this season? The answer is courageous patience.
We have faith that spring will come, and we also have faith that God will show up in our situation. It’s the waiting that’s hard. A perfect example is David. Anointed as King of Israel as a teenager he didn’t become king until he was 30 years old. That’s a lot of waiting and also a lot of learning and a lot of character development. There are countless other examples in the Bible of how God uses a long process to develop character.
That is where patience comes in but not just any kind of patience, I’m talking about courageous patience. It’s courage that connects patience to faith.
You don’t win a marathon by taking a shortcut; you have to follow the course that is before you. There are also no shortcuts to becoming who God created you to be so don’t be discouraged in whatever season you find yourself.
Listen to what God said to Habakkuk when he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approached when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will not be overdue a single day.” – Habakkuk 2:3 (LB)
Spring will come. So will the breakthrough we are waiting on, health, financial, career, it will come in His perfect timing. When I don’t try to fight the process or rush it, then I can bloom as my most authentic self, becoming the me He created me to be.
“Leaning into each season and learning its lesson is one of the gifts of living.” – From Courage For The Unknown Season by Jan Silvious
I’m learning to see patience as rest and not as a chore, and that helps me be courageous and keep my focus on what is really important. You see, it’s not about the what it’s about the who and the who is Jesus.
How is God using the season you are in to develop you?