In life there are always seasons of difficulties or hardships. I feel as if I am in one of those seasons right now.
I recently took a walk with God through my neighborhood and he began to show me what it looks like to face difficult seasons with him. As I walked to get a coffee from the nearest local cafe I kept noticing that amongst the various buildings and brick walls every now and again there would be plants coming out from within. Now, I know most of the time these plants are considered to be weeds, not wanted and greatly disliked.
However, as I noticed the plants throughout my walk, I couldn’t help but be amazed that somehow even with the building of a brick wall this plant was still able to grow and live. Even among the rocks life sprouted up.
This reminded me of three things I come back to when I’m in a difficult season; God is always GOOD, God is FAITHFUL, and in him we can have great HOPE.
Each of these characteristics of God flow into each other.
We don’t always know how God is working things out but it does say in the bible in Romans 8:28 “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.”
I believe this is because those who love him will come to him in prayer, seeking the truth of his goodness. The bible also tells us in James 4:8 “Come near to God and he will come near to you...”
He is faithful, in Psalm 145:16 it says “The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does...” While people may come and go, God remains. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We are also assured that his promises are new everyday.
Lastly, hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and a desire for a particular thing to happen, also a feeling of trust. In Hebrews 6:16-19 we assured of God’s character,
“People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure...”
These are things I’m still learning and being reminded of and with each step forward in God’s direction I’m gaining new perspective.