Hidden in Christ
Seasons are beyond valuable to growth as a Christian. There are seasons where you’re overwhelmed by your blessings and opportunities are getting handed to you left and right and you’re flourishing in your social life but just like the seasons of nature, the rain of spring and the blossoms of summer must turn into the dying leaves of fall and the dryness of winter. These cold seasons can isolate you and make you feel invisible. As horrible as that might sound, the cold seasons are the richest when it comes to your relationship with God.
I am an active member in my church, by this, I mean that I serve in multiple departments and help my church as much as possible, I went through my rain of spring and summer when I was serving. It came to a point I was serving so much that my mentor, whom I value with all my heart, told me it was time to sit down and receive what the Holy Spirit was saying through the anointed people in my church. I had a huge group of friends and I was getting opportunity’s in my church, nothing could be better. I believed that because God was providing for me, I was close to him, but the reality was that I was spending 30 min with God a day, I was the furthest to him I could have ever been.
I remember praying one morning and asking God to mold me into the woman he wanted me to be, I was determined to get to know my creator. After I prayed this prayer, my winter and fall came. I lost friends and I was put on a break from serving at church for almost 1 month. I was miserable and feeling betrayed by God, but he tore away the distractions and solely answered my prayer. It took me time to see this, but I pray that if you’re in this season, you will begin to see it as a blessing and not as God wanting to hurt you. The season of winter and fall is the season of dealing with your pain and issues, you may feel like you are isolated or in some ways lonely, but God has hidden you under his wing and is molding you, receive this season with wisdom and grace. I pray these points help you see the goodness of being hidden…
1. You have been planted not buried
Going through this season you might feel as if no one is noticing you, you have just gone through a wet season so getting used to being alone is difficult. You must acknowledge that you are being planted and not buried. God Is not putting you in a hole and throwing away the key, our God is too good for that. He is planting you and molding you for you’re calling, he is dealing with the addiction you’ve been pushing away with work and the issues you just haven’t acknowledged yet. He is watering you and taking care of you. In Psalm 139:15 the word says, “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.” Yes, you may be hidden to the world but to God, you are exposed. In this season of being planted, it is important to seek God more than you did in your past season. God has taken away your distractions and is waiting for you to come and spend time with him. Which leads me to my next point.
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”Psalm 139:15
2. You must nourish to flourish
Being planted is one of the most amazing seasons because it’s finally your turn to fill your cup and nourish yourself. It is time to water your relationship with God, so you can finally bare the fruit you’ve been praying for. In my season of spring and summer, I was giving all I had and pouring into others as well as pouring into my ministry. I was burning out, at times I had just no spiritual willpower, and it was because I was not filling myself. You cannot share what is in your cup if it is empty, occasionally you have to press pause and let God fill your cup. Listen to Podcast, Hungry Gen has some amazing ones by the way *wink*, read books, pray more. Take on a three day fast by yourself. Pastor Vlad once said, “What you do privately, God will reward publicly.” So, while you are hidden, take time and find out what insecurities define you and change them with how God defines you. Spend time alone with God, put on some worship and just listen to how God will reveal the chains the enemy has been hiding. Taking the step of seeing this season as a blessing and not a curse will transform your mind completely. You will see God in everything and as the center of everything.
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; He cares for those who take refuge in Him.” Nahum 1:7
3. Rejoice over minimal growth
Have joy over a tiny amount of growth. To further explain, be happy when a small blessing happens in your life. You might have been looking in the mirror and instead of pointing out your flaws God pointed out what he handcrafted, and you started to believe that. Rejoice over the small transformations God is doing to your mind. Growth does not have to be public, you do not have to be on stage to show you’re growing. It’s little changes such as being kind to people who treat you horribly. It’s putting God first and your relationship with him first. Rejoice over achieving tiny goals and praise him when the season gets hard. When the enemy whispers in your ear how lonely you are you tell him how God is always right by your side.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain” 1 Timothy 6
Overall, be thankful for this season, I am going through this season myself and my heart is jumping with joy even in isolation. Why? Because God is the center of all things in my mind now. My relationship with him is growing and seeing the heart of God and how much he loves others breaks you. We are being molded into Gods vision. Praise him for that, praise him because he is a good God who will never let you down. Praise him because he has sheltered you to form you personally. Seek shelter with your mentors during this season and seek their wisdom. The attention you put onto God in this season and remember that no season is forever.
Lord, I pray for every person in this season who feels betrayed by you, God I pray that you change their mindsets to see this season as a season of closeness with you. As a season of growth and I pray that we chase after your heart in this season and continue to chase in the seasons to come. In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen.
Blog by Helena Landin
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