September 15, 2016
If I'm being totally honest with you (and I usually am), summer has been a bit of a rough season for me. It's been full of ups and downs and some big disappointments. It's had a little bit of an underlying theme of heartache, both for myself, and for many of my friends and family. It's been a season of thinking something was going to work out, only to discover you were wrong. Throw in a little bit of life saying, "hey! let's kick her while she's down!" and you have pretty much glimpse of my summer. I hate seasons like this. Seasons like this kind of suck.
And while these seasons can be truly ugly for many of us, they also bring with them their own set of really beautiful things.
(Now, don't go rolling your eyes at me because you think that's a load of BS. Believe me, I get it. I get YOU. But like I've asked before: hear me out. )
When we go through these trying times we learn more about ourselves and our character. We have the opportunity for a little self-discovery (which really never hurt nobody.) Our relationships with God strengthen if we continue to bring our sorrow to Him.. (for me, it's because I spend a lot of time asking Him, "Dude. What the what is going on here?!") Friendships and relationships with loved ones also strengthen as we seek advice and fellowship.
It is so (SO) easy to take a hard season and turn it into a pity party of bitterness for 1...and that is exactly what the enemy wants us to do. It is so (SO) hard to take a rough season and look for the beauty in it...but I believe that is what we are called to do. But sometimes even if we know that there will be fruit from this, we don't feel it yet and aligning our heads and our hearts can be the biggest battle of all.
Some of you are facing seasons of minor sadness. Some of you are facing seasons of torrential grief. I've seen them both and believe they can be equally as significant. Wherever you're at in your process of moving forward, take some time to search for the beauty that you might be hiding amongst the ugly. Even if it seems ridiculous because you don't feel like there could ever be anything redemptive that could come from this sadness you're feeling, do it anyway. Write it out. Look for the beauty you might be seeing now, or if you're not at that point yet, the beauty you'd like to see someday. It will be therapeutic and it will provide hope. And while you might not be ready to begin climbing out of your pit quite yet, having even the smallest glimpse of light will help pull you forward. He makes beautiful things from ashes, friends. Do your best to believe that.
I don't know about you but I'm ready for a new season. Lucky for us, fall (MY BELOVED FALL) is right around the corner. This year, fall is also bringing along a brand new decade for me (I see you dirty 30), so we're looking at brand new seasons in more ways than one.
Heeeeey, bring it on.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.