Whatever you’re going through, whatever unwelcome emotions you’re sensing, whatever pain, hurt or disappointment you’re feeling, whatever struggles are weighing you down, whatever hopeless situation you might find yourself in, this is not it. This is not the end. There is better waiting for you.
If you can see outside your circumstances, if you can look beyond the present, and see what God sees, you’ll know that where you are now is not your final destination. It’s a part of your story, for his glory, but it’s not the ending of your story. A new chapter is soon beginning. Push through, press on, and persevere, because “…weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (psalm 30:5).
We become stuck on now and think that what’s now is permanent, but today will turn into yesterday and yesterday will become the past, and a new day will begin. Time is fleeting and seasons always ends; especially terrible ones.
Your story is no different.
P.S- The reason we think that terrible seasons last longer than blessed seasons is because we tend to dwell on the terrible season more. Also, sometimes it takes the terrible season to remind us of how blessed we are. It takes the feeling of hunger to help us remember, and be grateful for, the feeling of a full stomach. In all situation, give thanks, and never take any season for granted
Where you are now is not where you’ll be forever, your struggles today will not be your struggle tomorrow, by the grace of God. Instead, it will be a testament to the goodness of God. Don’t let what God meant as a testimony be your destruction simply because you cannot see past your present circumstance. Your adversities are meant to strengthen you, not destroy you. They are an opportunity to witness the faithfulness and greatness of God.
“On that day, you will be glad, even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while. Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns” 1 Peter 1:6-7.
I read the story of Job and I was in awe of his faith and his strength. He suffered a great deal of unimaginable pain, but he didn’t let that dictate his attitude nor did he let it determine his commitment and trust in God. He held fast to the promises of God even in his darkest nights and God proved himself mighty. Imagine if he had become stuck on “now”, and assumed his current misfortunes were everlasting and then proceeded to curse God and die. He never would have witnessed the goodness of God nor would he have been able to claim his earthly blessings, much less his crown in heaven. His affliction was much but because he persevered and pushed through, God doubled his blessings. That was always the end goal, but God rarely ever gives us the victory without the struggle.
So, look beyond what you see. If God brought you to it, he will bring you through it.
Remember that there’s a season for everything, “a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” Don’t become stuck on your season of planting that you miss out on your season of harvest. If you persist through the period of sowing, even without seeing immediate fruit, and continue to work diligently, the harvest will be plenty and your joy will be overflowing.
We see what’s now, but God sees a greater picture, a clear picture, the ultimate picture. All he asks is that you endure and that you keep fighting. Don’t give up, because although it is hard right now, the pain that we are feeling cannot hold a candle to the joy that is coming. “18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” Romans 8:18.
Ask God to grant you spiritual vision so you can see the picture that he sees, maybe then we will see that what we assumed was a stain on our canvas is a piece of the crown that God has placed on our heads, for our testimony, and for his glory.
“Forget what happened long ago!
Don’t think about the past.
I am creating something new.
There it is! Do you see it?
I have put roads in deserts,
streams, in thirsty lands.” Isaiah 43:18-19 CEV
and “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19.
So, keep fighting, keep working and remain patient because this is not it.