Prescription For The "Unspiritual"
Have you ever walked in a season where you felt “unspiritual”? I know it may sound strange, but trust me, you’ve been there. Those seasons where the waves of life just keep coming. Those seasons where you find yourself protecting your face as the waves continue to splash you. But then… you stop covering your face because the waves are so overwhelming that there really isn’t much point. You realize that you aren’t looking for your storm to end anymore, or the waves to stop hitting you. Rather, you stand and face the storm and endure through it. Because you eventually begin to arise to the truth… every storm MUST come to an end. Well, that has been my life the past couple of months…
The greatest of the waves have been on my mind. This is where the “unspiritual” feeling has taken residence. The thoughts of “have I prayed enough” or the one we all know so well, “do I feel God near.” I realized that I had allowed myself, or my mind for that matter, to get caught up in those gusts of wind that wisp their way through the storm. My dreams have been odd. My thoughts, scattered. Yet one thought remains, God is faithful. While I may have had to tether my mind, like a kite in windy spring, remnants of His peace have whispered to my soul.
Time and time again we find ourselves at a crossroads. These crossroads have different names for different people. I like to call mine, transition. I read somewhere this week that transition is uncomfortable. It is that awkward feeling between who we used to be and who we are to become. It is that place between knowing where you came from and the promise of where God is calling you to. But it isn’t always pretty. Sometimes that place is sickness. Sometimes, it is a troubled marriage. Other times, it is financial stress. Whatever that transition is for you, it is up to you how you respond to it. We get to choose. Do I react and panic? Or do I respond and pray?
In the book of Jeremiah, we find Jeremiah going through some pretty crazy things! Here he is, God’s prophet, having to correct a nation because they have erred and turned to sin. People wanted to kill him! Jeremiah asked God why he had to deal with this. He asked God why he won’t do something. But God answered Jeremiah in a way that set my whole season straight, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5) In other words, what you are going through is meant to produce endurance for you to withstand what is in your future!
Being who I was in the past cannot prepare me for what God has planned for my future. Transition produces growth. Endurance can only exist through some sort of stress. Just as athletes train endlessly to prepare for an event, so we must endure stress and trials to build the character necessary to walk into our destiny. Does that mean God is the author of the tragedy and hard times, no! But He knows well that when His children walk in unity with Him that His glory will shine as they lean on Him through whatever they may be going through.
So I leave you with this. As you push through whatever you are going through remember, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14). We must remember our purpose even when we feel like the waves of the storm threaten to undo it all. Through trials is produced everything we need to walk into our future…