Scriptures: Romans 5:2-6, Romans 8:25, Romans 15:13
For our final day together, I want to take you on a trip with me back to that mountain I told you about on day 1. I painted a picture for you of me sitting on the porch looking out over the valley expecting to see the leaves change but leaving disappointed because peak week wasn’t happening when I planned on it – it was going to happen without me.
On day 1, I invited us to lay down our expectations of what our current season of life should look like. On day 2, you and I talked a little bit about what it looks like to live in the “in-between” and how we are made for the “in-between”. We are made for the “right now”, even if it feels like we are waiting for a new season. We are able to embrace the current season we are in by releasing our unmet expectations of what “now” should look like and by realizing that we are made for today.
On our final day together, I want us to sit in another truth. That yes, we release our unmet expectations of the right now. Yes, we are made for the “in-between”. But, the last thing I want to leave you with is that we are able to embrace the current seasons of our life well by embracing with hope.
If you will look back with me to the mountains and picture in your mind this experience I had looking over the valley and waiting for the evidence of this changed season to be upon me, it dawned on me that the very essence of a season beacons it to change. The leaves were going to change, even if I didn’t see them in that moment.
Change is coming. A new season is coming. It can’t help it because that is what seasons do. I don’t think it is any coincidence that Scripture uses this terminology for our lives. So I want to remind you that even if your unmet expectations for what life should look like leave you hurting and if the “in-between” finds you longing, wrestling, or even grieving; there is still hope.
I don’t know what that looks like for you. For some of us, certain circumstances in life may have been deemed permanent and maybe our changed season doesn’t happen on this side of eternity. But it will happen. And we will experience it.
This truth allows us to embrace our current season well and with a level of contentment because as believers, we know what is on the horizon. It is the victory that we have in Jesus. This is the hope that enables us to endure and embrace our current season well. It is one that looks forward to the cross and says, “Jesus, I know what you have done for me. I know what you have ransomed for me. You have given your life for me and I know that you are not done with my story yet. I know that you are not done with this season yet.”
We are able to embrace our season by resting in hope.
On our final day together, I want you to be able to find the courage to hope again. Because after watching other people enter into seasons we want to be in, after having so many seasons pass with unmet expectations, or feeling like we are in the “in-between”, sometimes it’s hard to dream and hard to hope. But He has good things in store for your heart. Scripture tells us just as much.
So I invite you to embrace your season looking forward in hope.
And this is not an unrealistic hope because our hope is rooted in the person of Jesus. That is a hope that will never let us down. That is a hope that will never be stripped away from you. It is a hope that you will never have to watch other people walk through without you because He is with you. He is for you. He will never leave you or forsake you. You are His child. You are deeply loved and have been redeemed. We can embrace this season with hope.
Thank you so much for the hope and victory that you have given to us in your death, burial, and resurrection. Thank you that I can embrace this current season of life, no matter what is happening, with hope for the fulfillment of your promises. Your promises are yes and amen. You never fail. Give my heart strength and courage to hope again in your Word.
In Jesus’ name,