Embracing Every Season
If you're anything like me you long for consistency. I know that's not something every person wants. Instead, you may be the rebel by nature who longs for life to be different every day. But there's one thing we have in common.
We rarely succeed in any either of those pursuits.
The truth is that we need different seasons -- one to focus on ourselves, on others, on our business. One to go hard. One to lean back. One to pour out. One to fill up. We can try to keep the status quo, but we'll always find ourselves walking through seasons of life.
One thing God is teaching me is to trust Him in every season.
Last year was a struggle. I left my job on faith and stepped into full-time entrepreneurship (a bit begrudgingly, if I'm honest). It was hardly a restful season. Then as soon as it felt like I could rest, the Lord led my business in a different direction.
Suddenly I was back in the chase of survival and working hard just to make it.
But since then God has asked something more challenging of me ... to rest. To recharge. To be a more well-rounded human than simply focusing on entrepreneurship. I've had to learn to step back, to find a new routine, and to trust him with my provision more than I trust myself.
It's my season of sabbatical and jubilee. Something I love from the Old Testament laws.
"The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, 'Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten. 'Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan." [Leviticus 25:1-10]
Can you imagine spending six years working hard for a harvest and taking an entire year off? Then after 7 times of that cycle, you take another year off?
Imagine the faith that required. I'm not sure I would've made it.
But look at what Isaiah says happens when the Jubilee of the Messiah comes (which we know is here!) ...
"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." [Isaiah 61 1-3]
That's what the Lord wants for us all the time ... but sometimes it means embracing a slower season or a harder one in stride with him.
"There is, after all, a time for everything." [Ecclesiastes 3:1]
And there's no shame in either of those seasons. There's only his love, grace, and presence.
I know that once I'm refilled, he will have something for me. And once I've worked diligently in that, he will once again refill me.
But it's really about being content in every season ... and keeping my eyes on Jesus in each one so I can make embrace it and make it through myself.
What season do you find yourself in right now?