Updated: Jan 29
You will soon discover in your early days walking with God that you cannot walk with Him and be in hurry at the same time. Yes, God lives outside of time, but He moves in seasons and has a timing for everything when it comes to His relationship with us. It can be confusing sometimes when we think about how unlimited God and yet He still put so many boundaries for us, but the boundaries allow us to be able to navigate our day-to-day life on earth peacefully and safely.
In my walk with God, I came to realize that I cannot rush the growth, the healing, the restauration, the blessings and promotions. I tried so hard to go ahead of God and this ended up putting a lot of pressure on me. I would always feel tired and exhausted, it always felt like I was trying to do this Christian life alone without the help of the Helper. Soon enough, God started teaching me that if I am to walk with him, I would have to learn how to slow down. Slowing down is the hardest thing to do when someone like me was used to do life at full speed all the time.
I started learning, I messed up so many times because to be honest, in my opinion, God’s speed was too slow for me. Can you imagine! I judged that the One who created time was not fast enough! But I came to realize that time and seasons are God’s gift to us, and a gift is meant to be cherished and appreciated but sadly I saw time and seasons as my biggest adversaries when really they were meant to work in my favor.
When God created us, He gave us dominion over everything here on earth, safe to say time is one of them. I know we cannot control time, we can’t go back in the past nor control the future but still we can have dominion over it when we choose to live everyday in the present. For to time work in our favor, to have dominion over it and make it an ally, we must live in the present, other wise it will just become an heavy burden. So every time you choose to live in the present, you have dominion over time.
I also learnt that understanding seasons is one step closer to understand the plan of God for one’s life. Each Season has to serve its purpose. We cannot reap when the season is for sowing, same as sowing when the season is calling for harvest would be nothing but a waste of time. God is teaching me that seasons are there to keep me in pace and discipline, seasons are there to help us track our growth with God, seasons are real life report cards. How you move through this current season also determines how the next one will be. Some of us can remain in the same season for years just because we are not learning the lesson.
We try to rush our way out instead of learning, we try to determine how long or how short they should be. But the Holy Spirit is teaching me that seasons are not about how many years they last, it is more about how you move through them. You can walk a valley in one year that someone else has been stuck in for ten years, because the walk is not about the road itself but about who’s walking and how you are walking through it.
I am learning to be patient and live in the present, I am learning to find joy and contentment in God alone, just like the apostle Paul said: contentment in every situation. Seasons and spiritual valleys can become painful when we assume that we will only be able to have joy once we go past them and move to the next. God is teaching me that joy was never waiting for me in my next season, but joy is already here, in the present.
If we don’t have joy now, chances are we will not be able to have joy in the future neither because I can assure you that there will always be something missing according to human reasoning. Real joy is found in the now, in being present.Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God has made everything beautiful in its time. So do not be in such a hurry to enjoy tomorrow’s blessing today. Because what meant to be beautiful tomorrow can be very ugly and painful today.
You don’t want to enjoy God’s blessing without His yes and outside of His timing. Be patient in the season you are in right now, you are the one who’s limited by time, but the One who watches over you controls time, He has the power to make it works in your favor and He will do it every time that you keep on walking in His pace and following His instructions. The bible tells us that God makes everything works for good, so do not be afraid, do not be anxious or fearful of being behind, I know sometimes everyone looks like they are moving at the perfect speed and that their are life is blooming while you may feel stuck and buried forever.
Sometimes you will notice that everyone is getting the promotion, the car, the business, the marriage, the ministry, the degree and then there is you, everything God is telling you to do is wait, at times you even think that you did not understand His instructions because of the pace that everyone else is moving. Please follow His instructions and wait, rest assured if you are walking with God, you are always, when I say always, I mean always at the right time, always at the right place. He makes time works in the favor of the ones who wait on Him and He renews their strength.
Our waiting season can sometimes be painful when we see them as punishment rather than redirection and blessings. While you are waiting, He is working on your character, your personality, He is giving you directions, and aligning everything in your favor. Waiting on God will never be a waste of time if we are waiting with the right attitude and the proper mindset. Relax my brother, relax my sister, just like David said: I have never seen the righteous forsaken. If you are waiting in God’s presence, time and seasons are not working against you and they therefore have nothing on you. They are all working in your favor, everything is working for your good.