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Gratitober: Entry 27

27. I’m grateful that this season will pass.

Are you tired? Have you been feeling stuck in the same place, repeating the same destructive behaviour? Are you weighed down with discouragement after repeated trial and error? Have fear and anxiety held you back from taking opportunities that might actually turn out well? If you have, I understand. And I’m going to give you the advice I had to give myself. But first…

God works in mysterious ways. In a season I could be feeling like things aren’t working out for me (the way I think is best), but God could actually be protecting me from something bad, or preparing me for something better. My mom always reminds me that God always keeps His promises, and He has our best interests at heart. It’s His nature. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

If this isn’t true, you may as well stop reading ’cause there’s no hope. But, if there’s even the slightest possibility that the Creator of the Universe does actually care about us, then hear me out. If this difficult time is only a season, we should fix our eyes to the next one. We shouldn’t dwell in the here and now; the way things seem to be unmoving and unpleasant. Instead, we should keep in mind that “this, too, shall pass,” and on the other side of this trial is a better “me” and a better “today.” We have to keep our eyes looking ahead.

C.S. Lewis, probably one of the most brilliant writers of all time, said it like this. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Well that just blows me away. No one knows what the future holds–all we can do is decide, are we going to live as if the future is bright or dreary? I’ve done the dreary thing, sometimes I still do. But it’s no fun for me or anyone else, and wallowing in self-pity just keeps me stuck anyway. So instead of adding fuel to the fire, I’ll just douse that downy mood with some delightful hopes and set my eyes on the great possibilities ahead.

So, if you have been feeling weighed down and discouraged, give your worries up. Trust that God’s got your back, and that this season is both purposeful and temporary. It will pass–you will get through if you don’t give up. Don’t let fear and worry hold you back from taking risks and living your life, because, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Press on toward the goal, as Paul would say. This season will pass.


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