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For Those in a “Season of Hard”…

 

Have you ever felt like all that’s waiting for you on the road ahead are hard things?

My husband and I have been in a season like that recently. A season where the things we’ve been praying about are being answered, but for the most part, not how we’d “like” or how we’d expected.

I have to admit, though I am grateful to hear God’s answers to my prayers, sometimes a part of me is hesitant to fully run with what He’s said. When I start to think through what actually doing what He’s said will look like, “reason” starts to kick in. My mind gets flooded with overwhelming thoughts of how hard it will be, how some people won’t like it, and how even painful it may be. I find myself beginning to question God’s words and assuring myself that, “Surely God wouldn’t be calling me to do that.”

Do you ever do this? Many of us pray for the Lord to answer our prayers yet when He does – we miss it – because it wasn’t what we wanted to hear. We keep praying for confirmation and asking Him to make something clear when perhaps He already has, we just haven’t wanted to accept His answer. I can explain this process because I know it well. I’m guilty.

Currently, there are three major things that the Lord has asked Chris and I to do that we’ve had to come to grips with. All of which, are hard. This puts my faith to the test and causes me to do a heart check. Do I really believe that “he who trusts in the Lord will prosper?” (Proverbs 28:25).

Yes, Lord. I do.

I believe this because I know the amazing character of the God I serve. I know He’s good. I have experienced His blessing when I follow Him, and how the things He gives me are far better than the things I leave behind.

I want to encourage you if you’re in a “season of hard” and God has told you to do something that you’re scared to do… take a step of faith. It doesn’t have to be a leap, just a step. Though it may not be how you would choose to do things, trust Him. He knows you and longs to delight your heart, not burden it. Whatever it is that God is calling you to do is an integral part of His purpose for you and for others. Remember, His plans are to prosper you, not to harm you (Jeremiah 29:11). One day you will look back on those hard steps of faith that you took in your life and trace your greatest blessings back to them. We have a whole book of God’s Word that proves His track-record, and millions of testimonies of those who have run this race before us.

You with me? Let’s do this!