Y’all. God is so good. Lately, I’ve been so overwhelmed with new seasons and transitions in my life. Most of these recent changes have been incredible answers to prayers, leaving me in awe of how awesome our God truly is. I’ve been struggling, quite honestly, with what to write about in this post because I’m just so overwhelmed by the Lord’s goodness. I’m at a loss for words. Where do I even begin? Oh, how very different (and glorious) this new season of life is.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 states:
“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.”
2016 was an incredible year of tearing down for me. Tearing down walls of discomfort, anxiety, hurt, sin, pride, and selfishness. Tearing down anything inside of me that didn’t quite line up with God’s purpose for my life. Tearing down relationships and dreams. Tearing down things I thought I needed or wanted. God allowed me to be torn down and that process hurt – a lot.
But I wouldn’t trade that pain for the world.
God spent time tearing me down, so that He could spend more time building me back up in the way that He designed for me to be built. He wanted a clean surface to work with – unhindered by the mess I had made of my soul. Even though He was perfectly capable of building me up without tearing me down first, He knew that my life would flourish so much more if it were built from scratch.
There were times when I begged for the tearing to stop, for the pain to just go away. But our Savior would constantly whisper in my ear, “No, sweet daughter, I want to build you so much taller than this unsteady foundation will allow me to take you. I must continue to tear it down.”
Thank you, Jesus, for knowing what is best and doing what is best despite my pleading for my own will to be done above yours.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:8 while explaining about an awful thorn in his flesh, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
There is a reason for your pain (past, present, and future), dear friend, and God uses your greatest weakness to bring Him glory. If you are walking through a season of tearing down right now, take heart, for this is simply a season. It is only temporary and will soon be followed by a season of building. One day you will look back and think, “Wow, there was a reason for all of that.” You may never know the reason in this lifetime, but rest in knowing that God has His people’s best interest at heart. What is amazing is that, if you allow for God to come into your soul and completely change your perspective through these seasons, you’ll begin to care less about the “reason why” the season is occurring and more about the reality of God’s grace that enables us to walk through these ever-changing seasons in the first place.
God is now building me back up and I know that I am not the only one experiencing the incredible joy (and growth pains) that come along with this season of life. God is showing me what it looks like to actually live for Him, to actually trust in Him, to actually follow after Him and admit that I do not have it all together (because WOW I don’t). He is building me back up so slowly and so carefully while still tearing apart pieces of my heart that don’t belong there anymore.
Whether you are in a season of tearing down or building up, He is with you, guiding you as you seek His perfect face so that you can embrace the treasure that you are and the perfection that He is.
God knows you. He knows your laughing, crying, grieving, dancing, waiting, running, building, and breaking. There is a time for all of these things – temporary seasons in which each takes place.
So if you are walking through a season of heartache, uncertainly, or tearing down, take heart. This season is only temporary. As James 4:8 commands, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Walk through this season with the confidence in knowing that you are not alone.
If you are walking through a season of joy, love, change, and building – take heart. Soak it all in, knowing that this season is also temporary. The God that brought you through your deepest valleys is the same God that celebrates with you on top of and in between the mountains. He is with you always and is so worthy of all of our praise.
The chorus of one of my favorite songs by Tauren Wells, Hills and Valleys goes like this –
“On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there,
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there.
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own,
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone.
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys,
God of the hills and valleys,
And I am not alone.”
Your season may be temporary, but your companion Jesus Christ is eternal. Chase after Him with your whole heart, and praise Him every chance you get. For there is a season for everything under heaven and God has you exactly where you are right now for a very specific reason.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33