A few weeks ago I blogged about the Dry Season. The dry season is a place where it seems like the productivity, abundance (money, opportunities, love, etc) dry up and you’re left feeling hopeless and discouraged. The dry season is the time for you to stay focused on God. But if I’m honest, it’s pretty hard to stay focused on God when everything around you feels like it’s crumbling right before your eyes. You’re trying to pray, but with all that’s going on you feel like your time and your patience is decreasing.
I wish I could write that it will all get easier. But it won’t. I wish I could tell you that there may not be another one of these seasons. But I can’t promise that either. I can only promise you that by looking at your surroundings and comparing your situation to others will only make it worse. Think about the last relationship you were in. You didn’t think your significant other was that bad until you saw how one of your friends, or worse someone you didn’t particularly care for, is treated by their boyfriend or girlfriend. You only want more when you see something that “looks” like more. When in reality what you had was probably good for you in that moment. Or when you thought that 80 on that midterm was a good grade, but then once you looked over at a classmate’s 93 and felt like you hadn’t studied hard enough or taken enough time on the test.
The reality is, once you stop looking at what other people are doing – you’ll be better suited for what God has called you to do. A few weeks ago I was looking at some of my peers and I got kind of discouraged. I hadn’t been doing as well as I thought on my tests, my friend circle is having issues because our time for each other is limited because of the different activities we do, I felt like I wasn’t fulfilling my purpose, and I started really missing home. My classmates seemed to be doing so much better than me. They were getting As on the tests and they seemed to have a lot more time than I did. I felt like I was losing at life because my timeline didn’t match theirs. But if I didn’t compare myself to them the only standard I would have to go by was the one He set me for and what I set for myself.
Stop looking at what you see and focus on what you’ve been called to. Jeremiah 29:11 says “for I know the plans that I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future”. God didn’t say He had the plan to give you the plan of your friend, classmate, or coworker. He has a plan specifically designed for you and ONLY you can fulfill it. And His plans are GOOD. Yes you may be in a dry season right now where it looks like your grass is yellow and sad and everyone else’s in a healthy green – but even the bad things in your life are working for your good. I can’t wait to see what’s on the side of the tests and trials you’re going through, I know it will all be worth it.
I love you and so does He,
P.S. If you ever need prayer, want to chat, or just need some advice email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always here 🙂