Our lives are marked by seasons. Some seasons overflow with joy. We celebrate. We embrace the blessings God provides. We are thankful. Seasons of joy are what we live for. They excite us. They remind us we are loved. They give us a reason to celebrate. But would we honestly understand true joy without pain? I hope and pray this message minsters to you today. Love you all in Christ.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 (a favorite)
No one looks forward to seasons of pain. Not one person hopes for struggles. People don’t ask for hardship or tragedy or dark times and yet they come. They come because it is in those times we see strength. We persevere. We fall to our knees and beg for God to walk with us. It’s in those difficult times we understand God and His love a little more. And when we struggle through coming to the end of another season, we are forever changed. Our perception has been altered. The world around us hasn’t changed but the way we see it has. And joy, what about joy? Joy is that much sweeter.
So often as we start a new year we make promises and resolve to live better. It all sounds great but far more often they are failed resolutions than successful ones. We must realize that change doesn’t come because of a date on the calendar or the time on a watch. Our life changes through experiences. Those experiences are called seasons. And each season is important. It adds to our life. It changes us. It makes us the person God intended. As hard as life can be sometimes, I personally wouldn’t give up any seasons, good or difficult.
So, as we head into this New Year. Let me encourage you like I do myself to look more intently to see God. I want to be thankful when life is wonderful and all of my prayers are answered. And I want to see His gentle hand when things seem unfair. More than anything, I want to use those seasons and memories and experiences to bless the people He places in my path.