I’ve been in a season of rest – something I needed but it didn’t happen until I was required to have an emergency surgery. This has been a time of renewal for me, something I would never have considered.
It is easy to become discouraged in the times when things do not go as I plan or hope they will, because I need this time to unplug. Discouragement is a normal experience, but the key is to accept all of the seasons God allows in my life.
A preoccupation with gratifying my desire for comfort, convenience or everything to work out on my time schedule can cause my reactions to life issues to be disappointing and frustrating. Pursuing these paths may throw me into chaos and rob me of peace and joy.
My focus, by contrast, can be to value the things God values: self-control, waiting on Him, trusting Him with things I don’t know, can’t see or blindside me.
Developing a heart of trusting God and believing He works all things together for my good, allows me to use my seasons of waiting as times of growth and refreshment. Sometimes, I find I need to hit the ‘reset’ button. And, I am finding that these things usually work out for the best, IF, I am willing to make the best of the way they are working out.
In this season and time of renewal, I have come to believe that I do not need to worry about what I “need” to be doing or what I might be “missing”. I simply need to avail myself today and each day to God, who has a path that I am to walk. His plans for me are not “cut and dried”, they are fresh and new every day.
Each day can host it’s own adventures, if I allow it to. If I relinquish any fear and / or control over how my day will play out, I am then free to operate according to God’s agenda, seek to do what honors Him and give it my best. And have the simple joy of knowing He accepts me.
I want to keep learning this pace of life and remain in a season of rest and renewal.
Do you need a season to come unplugged? Come on in, the water’s great!