By Robin Storch
Looking back over the past four-plus decades of my life, I can clearly see each passing season – ever-changing like waves in the ocean. And every single one has had value far beyond what I will fully understand.
So often we want to hurry through life’s seasons, even when they are blissful! When I was a single, I couldn’t wait to be married. When I was newly married, I couldn’t wait to be a new mom. As a new mom, I couldn’t wait for my child to sleep through the night (Really, who can blame me there?) When my kids were at home for the summer, I couldn’t wait for them to go back to school, and then when they were in school—you guessed it—I couldn’t wait for summer when they would be home. Apparently, motherhood really does make you certifiable.
Today, I’d like to share a few lessons that I’ve learned:
- See the value of slowing down.
God has taught me that seasons come, and seasons go. We don’t need to hurry them! And if we miss what God is trying to teach and mold in us today, we are missing His best.
- Embrace the joy of each today.
God’s word is clear in Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad!” Regardless of what you are walking through, choosing joy and thankfulness for God’s gifts will carry you a long way. Don’t confuse happiness with joy. Happiness is circumstantial. Joy is a choice.
- Accept God’s bottomless well of grace today.
I love what God teaches Paul after he asked three times for a difficulty to be removed. I can’t even recall the number of times I’ve asked (uh… begged) God to do something for me. God says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, because my power is made perfect in weakness.” God’s grace is enough. And it’s there not simply so we can get through a tough season, but also to perfect His power in us. Wow. Grace and power are both available to us – and living in us! Let’s accept it.
- Remember God’s goodness in the past, today.
What I find so astounding throughout the Old Testament is how often God asked Israel to remember. In spite of the numerous occasions Israel turned their backs on God, He was faithful. Always. Psalm 77:11 says, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” It’s important to write down God’s provision and goodness, so when a season is difficult, you will be able to look back and remember where God has been faithful, and know He is still.
Lastly, I’m learning to:
- Trust God today with my seasons—past, present, & future.
God’s promises are true and reliable. It’s important to know and declare His promises today, as well as the days when you are worried, anxious, and unsure.
Here are a two of my favorite verses:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Sisters, I don’t know your current season. Perhaps it’s the sweetest time, or most challenging, or somewhere in between. But I encourage you to look for the value in each day. God made it. He holds all things together. Nothing escapes his attention.
Will you slow down and listen to His wisdom?
Will you rejoice in Him?
Will you rest in His grace?
Will you look back and remember His goodness and faithfulness?
Will you trust Him to show you the value of what you are going through?