Hope in Every Season
Written by: Shemeca Richard
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For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV
There is an appropriate occasion for everything: all the things that happen in our lives that are good, bad, ugly, and indifferent.
I could not control the tears as they streamed down my face. Just a week ago, I was healthy and living a normal life. After an urgent care visit and two doctor’s visits, I am headed to the emergency room because some tests show that there are blood clots in my leg. All I can keep saying to myself is, “I do not have time to be sick. There is no room for this in my life right now.” As the weeks went by, there were more doctor’s appointments and more medical bills. Other medical issues began to arise, and doctors were still trying to find out the cause of the blood clots. Most days, all I can do is cry when I am alone because of the pain. I also cry because there is no known cause at this time. Other days, I cry out in prayer and desperation for it all to go away. The best part of it all is that each time I cry out I receive the comfort and peace of God. I can remember one morning, as I was crying out in frustration, I was led to this verse:
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
- 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 ESV
This was not the verse that I was looking for as I was looking for peace and comfort. I was looking for answers. I was looking for relief. But this is the verse that I needed to hear at the time. God was showing me that He was not going to remove the circumstance at this time, but that He would give me the strength to endure the circumstance.
When we are in uncomfortable situations and circumstances, we immediately look for a way out. It is hard for us to see or even think about the light when we are in darkness. Although it is hard to see the light or think about the light, the light is still there and God is present with us with our hurt.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:5 ESV
We must keep our hope, trust, and faith in God at all times and in all times. Even though the hard times do not feel comfortable, we must know that there is a time for everything.
There is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. - Ecclesiastes 3:4 ESV
Oh, sweet sisters, God can and will turn our mourning to dancing. We will laugh again. We will shout with joy again. Thank God that He is so faithful.
1) What situation are you asking God to remove from your life right now?
2) How can you use the Scriptures listed above to reflect on God’s faithfulness while you walk through this circumstance?
Thank You for reminding us that You will give us the strength to endure the circumstances that come our way. Father, please continue to lead us and guide us so that we may continue to put our hope, faith, and trust in You at all times. Thank You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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