|Posted on April 27, 2020 at 8:30 PM|
4 Steps to Overcoming the Winter Season
by: Beth Pace
We all have winter seasons in our life. Life happens. We go through the passing of loved ones, divorce or marital problems, children acting out, financial stress, sickness, addiction, depression, and the list goes on. Sometimes we get stuck in these seasons. So, how do we get out?
Ecclesiastes says there is a time and season for everything.
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
So when we find ourselves in a dry patch, what can we do? Although there is no one right answer for each individual situation, here is a list of four things that can help us along the way.
Pray, pray, pray
Pray to God what He wants you to do next. Sometimes, he wants you to move and do something, but sometimes he wants you to be still. Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” When I was seventeen, God was calling me to teach. During my journey through college to earn an education degree, I was given my first opportunity in children’s ministry. I was a young college student who didn’t have much experience with children other than babysitting my sister’s kids. I found myself loving teaching these kids the Word of God. For the next several years, I found myself ministering to nearly a hundred children. I made a lot of mistakes, but many kids were saved and many children grew in the Lord. As a result, some of the parents and families of these children started changing their lives. It was amazing! I felt great.
As life goes, however, things don’t always pan out. I found myself getting hurt in church and my entire world of ministry was at a total standstill. I was devastated. I hate to admit I even backslid for a while. After falling back into the arms of Jesus, I knew I could only pray for my next steps. I was told to be still. I was in a period of waiting. Sometimes, God wants you there because you need to be prayed up and equipped for your next mission. When God tells you to move, move. When He tells you to stay still, stay still.
Stay in the Word.
By staying in the Word, you know that God is speaking to you. Can God speak to you in other ways? Of course! He’s God! However, the primary way He speaks to us is through the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” There are countless Bible verses about reading the Bible, but this verse should be enough to convince any Christian to stay in the Word. First, despite popular belief, everything in the Bible is from God. No, it did not come from men; men only put it on paper. Everything in the Word of God is exactly that - the Word of God.
Second, the Word is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. We are in basic training. Our instructions? The Word of God. The Bible helps us be better Christians by training us up to be more like Jesus.
Moreso, the Word is so we can be competent and equipped for every good work. This means ministry. Whatever that ministry may be. It could be in the actual field of ministry or it could be something as simple as being a good example to coworkers. It could be raising your child up in the way of the Lord. Everyone has a ministry. If you are in a winter season, brace yourself. Whatever God has for you next may be legendary!
Stay in Fellowship With Other Believers.
“I don’t see the point of church. Church doesn’t make you a Christian.” Every Christian has heard these words. They are right in the fact that church does not make you a Christian. However, the fellowship of other believers makes you spiritually stronger. I once heard someone say, “If you need church to be accountable, you aren’t that faithful.” It’s not about the building; it’s about the people. We are the church. An army of many will always be stronger than an army of one.
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Can we do all of these things without the fellowship of other believers? We can read the Bible by ourselves, we can praise the Lord in song by ourselves, and we can be thankful to Him by ourselves. But what about the rest? Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom? Admonishing means to advise. We cannot teach and advise other Christians if we are not with them. And they cannot teach and advise us. We all have something to learn from one another. We are all in this together as the church, as the body, as the family of God.
Just Do It!
I have been unmotivated for a long time to get up and move. I was deeply involved in ministry; it was my whole life. When I was hurt in church, my motivation was gone for a long time. A fire that was once there burned out. I was stuck in a winter season for so long it affected my relationship with Jesus Christ.
It is okay to take a break, but if God is calling you to do something, do it! Disobedience to God separates us from Him. Yes, God will tell us to be still at times, but when He gives us instructions that we know in our hearts to be from Him, we better act. No matter how scary or uncomfortable our mission is, God knows what He is doing. Whatever (or whoever) is on the other side of your action is totally worth it. I have never known a time in my life when I obeyed God and regretted it. He is our Father and has a perfect plan for us.
Deuteronomy 5:33 says, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”
I would say obeying our Father and King is totally worth it. Remember, not everything is about us. It’s always been about glorifying Him.