Life is lived in seasons.  We have seasons of sowing and reaping, little and plenty, joy and sadness.  There are times when we’re on the mountain top.  And times when we’re in the valley.

Of course, no one needs to tell us how to live on the mountain top.  But how do we live when we’re in the valley?  What I’ve been struggling with is how to live gracefully when you’re in a valley season.

I’ve currently been struggling with not wanting to be at the place I currently am in my life.  I question myself as to why I’m struggling because provision has been made for me.  Things really aren’t that bad.

The only thing I can come up with as to why I’m not happy is that I’m just ready to move into a new season of my life.  I want to close this chapter and open a new chapter.

To be honest with you I haven’t been handling this season well at all.  I’ve been angry, discouraged, disappointed and depressed.

When we’re going through something, we feel that it’s unfair and wrong.  We wonder why we’re going through what we’re going through.  We wonder how much longer we’ll have to endure it.  We wonder if we’ll be able to endure it.

As I was sitting one evening, it dawned on me that perhaps things aren’t moving as quickly as I would like is because there are greater lessons that need to be learned.  There is something more that I’m being prepared for other than just closing this current season.  I’d completely missed this because I’ve just been so focused on getting to the finish line.

  • Lessons and Preparation of Something Greater – Sometimes when things aren’t progressing as quickly as we would like, it is because there are lessons that need to be learned. In addition, it is likely we’re being prepared for something far greater that what we actually want.

Once that revelation hit me, it was like a weight was lifted off of me.  I realized that I needed to get rid of my own agenda and submit to whatever God’s will was.  I needed to do something that this society deems as cruel and unusual treatment.  I needed to fall under Submission to the process.

  • Submit to the process – Let go of your own agenda and submit to the process. Submission is not a curse.  If we yield our will, it actually relieves us of stress.  Besides it’s difficult to fight against something that’s going to happen anyway.  Fighting against it will delay it, but it will happen.

Lastly, I realized that I needed to be grateful for the things I already had.  I need to grateful for the provision that is currently being given and the ways that have been and are being made.  It’s easy to get down about the things we don’t have instead of being grateful for the things we do have.  Let ‘s be honest.  There will be days when you feel icky and you’ll think “I’m still here”.  But try to find something to lift your spirits.

  • Be Grateful – Find something in your life with which to be grateful. No, you’re not where you want to be.  But at least you’re not where you used to be or where you could be.  Think on the good things you do have.  Everyday won’t be great.  But when you have those no so great days, find something to help you to get out of that funk.  Staying there too long won’t be good as it will only cause more harm than good.

Difficult seasons don’t last forever.  It is just that – a season.  You won’t stay there.  You’re just passing through.  The key is learning to endure it with grace.

Handle the Difficult Season with Grace and Be Blessed