Quick Recap of Part 1: Last week, you were introduced to the topic of “Flourishing in Your Seasons-of-Life”. I explained that just as nature has seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter), we experience changing seasons in our lives. Changing seasons in Christians helps us to grow spiritually. God created us to flourish in every season that we go through, whether we feel like we are flourishing or not. We may experience dry seasons, and seasons of waiting, testing seasons, and the list goes on.
Part 2: This week, we will focus on “Flourishing During Dry Seasons”. Our dry season is a tough one. It’s a period when God is silent, and you can’t hear His voice, or sense His presence. In a dry season, God seems distant. In the natural, only certain types of vegetation can flourish in dry seasons. These plants have the capacity to store an enormous amount of water in their roots, stems, leaves, and even tree trunks. Water is the lifeline that helps to sustain plants during dry seasons. Likewise, the prayers that you’ve stored up during your “seasons of blessings”, and the Word that you’ve hidden in your heart will sustain you until your dry season changes. Seasons do change! The rain is coming! The Keys to getting through this challenging season is to first realize that you are in it; then press through it. Draw close to God despite how far away He feels. Continue reading His Word; but also talk to Him, even though He ‘s quiet. Because He’s there! Keep praising and worshipping God even when it’s hard. Examine your life to see if there are any “heart” issues or unconfessed sins. If you discover it, confess it and repent because, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteous-ness”. 1 John 1: 9.
Finally, Brothers and Sisters, watch for the raindrops. Your season is about to change!
Pastor R. Mario Howell