Have you ever been in a season of your life where you felt like everything just dried up? Before things were flowing. You had options on top of options in terms of job opportunities, dating, and ideas. Your relationship with God was flourishing, because I mean why not? Blessings flowing in left and right – you didn’t have to seek anything, it was just coming to you. But suddenly all of that stopped. It was like you were in a pool and all the water was just sucked up.
If I’m transparent, I’m in a season like that now. I was on top of the world, but then things started slowing down and I don’t feel as excited as I used to. I was so happy because all my needs were met, I had a guy I was dating, I was about to go to college and enter some of the best times of my life, I was making money, and I was having tons of fun. I had a great first semester, made excellent grades, made a lovely group of friends/sisters, involved in organizations, and got connected to opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise. But when I came back second semester, things don’t seem to flow as well. I’m still working hard, if not harder than I worked before, but I just don’t see the immediate results as I used to. My rewards seemed to come directly after I did something, now not so much.
But the story doesn’t stop there. The Bible talks about a man named Job. Job was living the life. Then Satan comes to God and asks Him if he can pretty much take Job out of the game. God tells him as long as he doesn’t kill Job, He’s okay with it. So Job loses everything in ONE day. It wasn’t like this happened over a course of a few months. He lost it all – his health, his wife, his friends, his wealth. The people Job depended on were telling him, God is punishing you for all the stuff you’ve done. His wife even told him to just commit suicide. Yes God wanted to humble Job, but that wasn’t the sole purpose.
Later in chapters 38-42, Job is restored. He went through hell. But God gives Job DOUBLE for all of His troubles. My favorite part of the story of Job is found in Job 23:10 “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold”. He didn’t say he would come out just like he did before, but as pure as gold. So even though during this season you may feel like all the things you had were taken away from you. Know that God is using this season to PREPARE you from what’s coming. God isn’t punishing you, He doesn’t hate you. Diamonds are refined by cutting and heat, if they didn’t go through the fire – they wouldn’t have that shine that makes us all so inclined to buy them. If you’re being tested in this season, know that this dry season is only to prepare you for the great and amazing things coming your way.
I love you and so does He,