by Melissa Brown
Do you have a favorite season? Mine is autumn. The crisp air, the flannel shirts, the bonfires, the caramel everything, the excuse for hot chocolate, and most definitely, the brilliant show our Creator puts on with the turning of the leaves. Oh, I just love it!
Have you ever noticed how we use weather-related terms to sometimes explain what is going on with us personally? For example, “a dry spell,” “being snowed under,” “on cloud nine,” or “a ray of hope”.
As I think back on my life, I can see different seasons playing out. Some were awesome, maybe described as spring because it was a time of new beginnings and beauty. Some seasons of my life were not so awesome, probably best described as winter because they were pretty cold and dark.
As I’m having this reflective moment, I realize something important:
My prayer life is often strong during a season of waiting.
And a second realization: God’s answer may not come in that season.
Like when I prayed in my twenties, for a husband a family, and saw nothing on the horizon.
Like when I was concerned for my husband’s health and prayed for over six months without seeing much change.
Psalm 24:1 says “Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord.”
Psalm 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
Sometimes it’s hard to trust during the waiting. But, sisters, He is so worthy of our trust!
I married a widowed, single dad in my 30’s, receiving my husband AND a family at the same time. Not how I would have planned it, but pretty stinkin’ amazing.
Oh, and after praying for my husband’s health, he was miraculously selected to be a contestant on the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” For real, y’all. Again, not how I would have planned it, because, really…who can think that up? Oh my. Blown away by my God.
Here’s some truth: Whatever season you are in, God is working on your behalf. Pray. Wait. Trust. And leave the results up to Him.
“And let us not become weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9