I love what Alicia Britt Chole says in her book “Anonymous: Consider the Trees”. In winter, a tree’s leaves are fewer and exposed, and no fruit comes out of them. Do they question who they are? No, they recognize their season. They know it is a season to grow deep roots, and they know that eventually, spring will come, and they will be able to grow beautiful green leaves and delicious fruits.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens- Ecclesiastes 3:1
We live in a generation that continuously thinks about more, strives for instant gratification, and questions who we are when things don’t go according to plan.
But such an idea is contrary to how God designed us to live. Under God, there is a time and a season for everything. God created day and night, he created different seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. God did not forget who we are, and as long as we are alive, our purpose on earth remains. God is not limited by time, opposition, and insecurities.
By recognizing your season you can conquer obstacles and become the best version of yourself. My prayer is that you will not be stuck and that you can enjoy the fruits of your life, as you receive everything that God has for you. I pray for your hope will be restored and that you will be on your way to do great things.
What are the 3 Seasons of Life?
1. Wilderness Seasons (Winter)
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness and speak kindly to her. (Hosea 2:14)
I can picture Jesus being baptized by John, the heavens opening, and God saying, “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.” However, right after, the scripture says that Jesus was led into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).In the wilderness, Jesus experienced temptations, lack, and isolation.
Many times, people feel like they have done something wrong when they find themselves in this season, and they allow shame and discouragement to take over their hearts. The wilderness is not God punishing you, but an invitation to intimacy with Him, a place where you can show up as you are and be vulnerable with Him.
You may feel weak, and no fruits are evident in your life, but you will be growing deep roots. A lot of times it feels lonely, you are being molded through the waiting. It is the perfect season to accept the invitation of the Holy Spirit and draw near him and as you learn intimacy with him you will begin to grow stronger (spiritually). A season where your identity will be rooted in what God says about you and not determined by the world.
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2. Transition Seasons (Spring and Fall)
Transition seasons are hard because you can feel the change and movement, but you are not quite sure where it is going. It may feel as if you are in a tunnel or taking a sharp turn on a hill; you cannot see what is on the other side, but you feel the momentum. Many times, your faith and character are tested, and there is a lot of letting go. You may feel the shift of the season, but a lot of times you may feel stuck here because you are trying to bring other people with you who are not supposed to be a part of the next season.
The quicker you let go of the things God is asking you to release, the quicker you can take the turn and be on your way. Do not allow fear, pride, and unhealthy behaviors to keep you stuck. I love Havilah Cunnington’s perspective on transitions; you don’t want to be the old person in the corner talking about the things you did in high school when God has so much more in store for you.
3. Breakthrough & Open Doors (Summer)
Aww.. Take a breath and relax, summer is here. Everything is easy, there is favor, There are open doors, opportunities, friendships, and community. A time to shine, a time to see the fruits of what came out of hidden seasons.
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Remember who you are
I believe that the first attack in our lives is against identity. We see this in the book of Genesis, or even in Jesus’ life when He was in the wilderness. When we allow fear to make us doubt who we are, we begin to lose purpose and begin to feel lost. This is why it is so important to know who we are in God and what season we are in.
Stay away from comparison
Stay away from comparison, the lie of comparison is that you would dismiss your journey and how far you have come, by paying attention to someone else’s life. You cannot compare your season to someone else’s when God is writing your unique story, allow him to take the pen and continue to write, it is going to be beautiful.
Trully very inspirational.The message has really touched me and l feel it was indeed God speaking.l recently quit my low paying job that also came with a toxic work environment.lt was not an easy decision but it was necessary.For the longest time l have wanted to start up my own business.l was scared.But my desire to fulfill my dream was the biggest inspiration behind my quitting my job of 13 years.l am in the process of making the business idea a reality.l believe God will sustain me and make my business dream a reality.l pray for strength as l go through my seasons till l get my break through.
Hi Fadzayi, I am so glad you enjoyed the article, and that it has been confirmation about things that God has already been speaking to you about. I pray for favor and grace for you during this new season and that God continues to give you confirmation.
Jennifer H Marshall
Hi Christina! Your blog/website has been incredibly helpful in my healing “journey” from 17 years of crippling anxiety and depression, and trauma. Long story, but….when you wrote “We live in a generation that continuously thinks about MORE…strives for instant gratification and questions WHO WE ARE when things don’t go according to plan.” I am sure you were speaking to me!! I cannot even watch HGTV without becoming “low-key” disappointed with my newly built, 4,000 square foot home!! I begin the train of thought…”We should have painted this wall that color, we should knock down that wall, we should have chosen these colors instead”……. 😐
Never mind the fact that my 3 teenage kids are pretty much “typical” teenagers, but they aren’t perfect…they aren’t Christian bloggers, inspirational speakers or Valedictorians…..they are just good kids who are funny, sometimes disrespectful and sometimes messy, ungrateful and even sleep too much…..
I used to spiral into a “mom failure” mode thinking of all the ways my kids aren’t impacting their generation and everyone else’s kids seemed to already be venture capitalists, award winning authors and olympic atheletes. It wasn’t overt,it was a nagging sense of discontent that fed my existing struggle with anxiety and depression. I couldn’t put “why” into words. You described it completely!
I am reminded by your article that there is indeed a season for EVERYTHING, and God is in complete control over my children (as believers) and all the many, wonderful seasons of their lives…..Hallelujah! Praise HIM! His plans are better than anything I could dream up. Thank you for reminding me of this truth!!