During the last few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about perspective. The way we perceive any situation, whether with pessimism, optimism or somewhere in between, affects our mood and our ability to learn from these situations. In this life, it’s not a matter of if we’ll experience seasons of loss and heartache and failure, but when we’ll experience these seasons. So imagine if every difficult moment we endure, we look to God and ask what is there to learn in this season? How can I wait well in this season? What can I take from this season of loss to my next season of great gain? How can I use this season to glorify God? How can I use this season to build my faith? I know some moments it’s easier to complain and wish only seasons of winning existed, but as we sit in our messes and sit in our trials, we can call on God for wisdom, knowledge and understanding, and He will give us guidance.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:2-6 NIV)
Just like we will have seasons of perseverance, we will have seasons of great victory, and how much more will we take care of these winning seasons knowing what we’ve learned in our difficult seasons? Today, I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on God in the midst of life’s storms, and see seasons of loss and difficulty as preparation for seasons of triumph.