No Rain, No Gain

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted.

There comes seasons in our lives when one minute the forecast is clear skies and sunshine and the next it’s heavy rain and overcast (and if you live in Atlanta, then you know what I’m talking about). My perfect day is 73 degrees with a slight breeze and a few clouds; I love it when the sun is out all day. But every day is beautiful, despite my preferences, because it is a day that the Lord has made. The same goes with these seasons.

When you’re in a transitioning season, you’re in between planting and harvesting. The sowing stage is done but the fruit hasn’t bore just yet. Everything in the middle is prep work. It’s honestly the hardest part. Everyday you must make sure you’re tending to the seeds that God has sown in your life. Everyday you’re making sure the enemy doesn’t try and steal your seed by protecting it with God’s word. As fun as this already sounds, you must remember the most fundamental part of any growing season the rain.

Sometimes it feels like it might be a little easier to deal with this transitioning and growing season if God would just change the forecast. If you could just spot the rainbow, the promise, at the end of the clouds then maybe you’d be alright. But God isn’t always going to showing you signs and wonders to help you through this. Most of the time, He’s going to give you His word and expect you to trust it during this dark and rainy time.

But know this: no rain, no gain. Plants cannot live without rain and neither can you. If everyday were sunshine all of time, then you wouldn’t grow. You would wither away. Too much of anything is a bad thing. But Jesus is our gardener, He knows exactly when and how much is enough.

I know exactly what it feels like to be ready for the next season, the harvesting season. Personally, I’m tired of this transitioning and growing season, but God isn’t tired of me being in it. Until we learn to wait and be patient and until our seeds are mature enough to bloom, the Lord wants us to stay in this season.

You have something growing for you. Don’t abandon your seed, your promises from God. Don’t dig up the seed too quickly and damage the harvest, or you’ll have to replant and start from the beginning. Just wait, and trust that this season is necessary and quicker than you think.

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