Seasons of Hardship

There is something to be said about the phrase “go with the flow.” The words themselves conjure up the feeling of liberation, ease, and rest. ((I love how nature is a perfect picture of this.)) But how easy it is instead to allow the “flow” to wisk us into a place of fear, impending doom, and resistance.

Actually, when the flow of a dark season has entered my life, I think all of the above emotions have been in my mind at ONCE – wouldn’t you agree? And it is at those times that we have choices – often a continuous battle – as to which emotions we will feed or “go” with. God understands our deep grief and IN that, He wants us to still be free.

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~ Consider the lilies of the field they toil not neither do they spin. ~

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Go with this: God wants us to find rest and He wants to show us “great and mighty things” – let’s remember that. He wants us to lean fully upon His life {raft} as the troubled waters churn. And it is There, as we are leaning upon Him that we find the treasure of the trial we could only find if we were close enough and listening with our ear cupped close to His words.

~~  Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.  Jeremiah 33:3  ~~
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Are you facing a dark season in your life? Allow the season to run its course, knowing there will be a spring to your winter. Know that it is only under a dark hard ground that diamonds, rubies, amethyst, and emeralds are mined. Ask God to show you what the precious stones of your trial are – i.e. what is it that He may want you to see about yourself that you haven’t been able to see; what is it that He may want you to see about loving others more; what is it about Him (our TRUEST Treasure) that you may not understand, that could draw you nearer to Him?

Tell Him that you don’t want to miss the treasure/good He has for you in the hardship – whether you see it in time or in eternity.

~~  I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.  Is 45:3  ~~

“May the treasure of the trial form within me {and you} as {we} go.”

From the song, “Jesus Draw me Ever Nearer,” by Keith and Kristyn Getty.
May the words encourage your heart:

 

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