Based on a message spoken by Alyssa Klingmeyer on Sept 26, 2018
Blog by Charleen Calvin
Have you ever felt like everything goes wrong all at once? I mean why can’t we just know when our struggles will hit us and why can’t we just have them spread out over twelve months so we don’t feel so overwhelmed when it all hits at once? Have you noticed the seasons in your life and how very different they are? God often talks in His Word about seasons and how His timing is perfect. He says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV).
I’m so thankful we serve a God who is in charge of the timing of every single season and who sees us in each season!
Actually, if our struggles were all spread out over twelve months and we knew exactly what and when each struggle would hit us we probably wouldn’t want to face each day. I want to start looking at my struggles as “surprises.” Surprises are meant to be fun but yet there’s some uncertainty as to how we should react. What if we woke up each day asking God “what surprise do you have in store for me today?” How we respond to the “surprise” would reveal a lot about ourselves such as are we bratty children or are we grateful that we even get to have a surprise? No matter the kind of surprise, or shall I say struggle, we ought to look at each one as an opportunity to react as thankful children of God who GET to grow.
Your struggle might be a health challenge, family problem or finances, or it could be all of those at once. When it’s all at once perhaps you ought to be grateful because it could mean a massive blessing is on the way. Do you think how we view these struggles and how we respond to these “surprises” could determine what is on the other side of the mountain, what kind of season might be next? As Christians we have the answer, we have Jesus to look to so we do not have to face our struggles alone. Thank God Jesus came so we can live as overcomers with Him and not alone!
When things all seem to hit at once, in the same season, just remember that God’s timing and ways are higher than our own. All things work together for good – right!
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:9 NIV
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NIV
God thank you so much for who you are. Thank you that you are a loving, caring God who never leaves us. Please give us faith to trust you even when we can’t see or feel you when all the struggles hit. We pray that we will respond with an attitude that chooses to worship through each season that comes our way! In Jesus mighty name! AMEN