My chest got tight. My breathing grew shallow. My thoughts were racing. My heart rate sped up. I wasn't sick. I was worried. I was stressed out over something. I didn't know how God was going to fix it, regulate it, or alleviate the burden.
I had been dealing with this issue for some time and I needed the Lord to make a way. As hard as I tried to be positive, negativity would creep up. Worst case scenarios would invade my mind. Before I knew it, I was having a physical reaction to worry.
Weeks later, the thing I was worried about turned out just fine. Everything went amazing and God proved His faithfulness again.
As I reflect back on it, I see how the Lord was testing me. He was stretching my faith. He was seeing if I would trust Him. He knew the predicament that I was in and He was aware that I had been dealing with the same mountain, the same trouble, the same circumstance for quite some time. He also knew He had a plan to deliver me and bring me out on top.
Right now, at this present moment, you may feel like you're stuck in a rut, dealing with the same struggle, too. If so, you can relate to the Children of Israel Deuteronomy 2. When we enter the scene, we find that, for about 38 years, they had been wandering in the deserts of Seir, a mountainous region.
In verse 2 of this chapter, after all that time of feeling stuck in the same place, God told them, “You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward.”
Finally, a shift in their journey was taking place. It didn't happen overnight, as you see, but their time did come. As I’ve mentioned here before, the name “Seir” means rough or hairy.
So then, for what must have felt like a never-ending period, Israel had been walking through a rough place. That is, until God said enough. It was time to move on.
Throughout the chapter, God instructs Israel on how to navigate enemy territory on their way to the Promised Land. He showed them how to handle their season of transition, as a shift was taking place in their lives.
Friend, transitional seasons are tough. You don’t always know what God is up to, but know that He’s with you through your rough place. And when the time is right, a shift is going to take place in your life.
I understand how hard that can be to believe when so much time has gone by with no changes happening. Israel had been waiting 38 years for God to declare “long enough” over their circumstances. The man Jesus healed at the Pool of Bethesda had also been waiting 38 years according to John 5:1-15. But when the Master stopped by Bethesda, which means house of mercy, everything changed.
Friend, the Lord is about to show you mercy, grace and favor. He knows you have been in the valley a long time. But don't worry or fear.
Finally, change is coming. Finally, things are shifting. Finally, the door is opening. Finally, the resources are coming. Finally, things are going to be different.
Your finally moment is on the way.
When your due season, or finally moment arrives, the Lord will take you from Seir, the rough place, to Bethesda, the house of mercy. He has seen your affliction and heard your cries, and He is saying wait in faith. A shift in your circumstances is coming. The transition in your life is almost over. Things are about to come full circle!
To remind you that this struggle will not last, I’m stirring 1 Peter 5:10 NASB into your cup of inspiration, which says, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that this prolonged season of hardship and suffering is coming to an end. Just hold onto faith. In due time, you will reap a harvest.
God, the situation looks bleak, but I believe change is coming. Even though I have been praying and waiting, and have not seen a shift happen yet, I declare by faith that things are moving in my favor. Instead of giving into defeat, doubt and fear, I declare that it is already done. I praise You for it now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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