I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
Do you feel that you are overdue for change in your life? Perhaps you have been holding on for dear life and merely enduring a difficult season. As you examine your situation, you may even realize that your fear of hardship is potentially making matters seem far worse than your actual experience. Even still, as we are well aware, there is a stigma toward struggling because in the world’s eyes, it equates to a sign of weakness and inferiority.
As we go through a difficult season, it is important to remember that God’s thoughts and ways are far above that of mankind. He does not waste any experience and neither should we. There are always lessons to be learned with every experience. Instead of dreading it and responding in a fight or flight manner, it is important to embrace it and simply allow yourself to feel whatever arises from the physical and or emotional discomfort.
Grant it, it is not that we want to accept defeat and permanently encamp there. As humans, we all have a desire to thrive. Nevertheless, thriving is an art that requires learning first how to survive. Thriving comes by means of restraining yourself from making hasty permanent decisions during a temporary season.
Lord, help me to embrace my season of surviving so that I can soak up every lesson that will equip and propel me into a season of thriving.