“To everything there is a season,” as the wise King Solomon said. (Ecc. 3:1-8)
Particularly challenging for me are the seasons in which I am reminded to count it all joy and let patience have its perfect work. (James 1) Did you know that the word “patience” literally means “cheerful endurance”? Whew, have I got some patience to work on!
I am learning that prayer is so important in these seasons. And it’s not a prayer of complaining to God about all that is wrong in our lives. In fact, it is the complete opposite of that. Yes, we can bear our hearts to the Lord truthfully (because He requires truth in the inward parts | Psalm 51:6), but we need to thank God for our trials. And we need to trust Him.
We may not feel thankful for the trial. It doesn’t matter. We need to thank God anyway. We may not feel like trusting God. We must trust Him anyway. Something changes in our hearts when we begin to utter those words… “God, I thank you for… and I trust that You have this all in Your hands…”
If you are in a particularly difficult season, consider the psalm below as encouragement to have some heart to heart time with God. And note what it is that David is searching for while in this wilderness… It is my prayer that I will be more like David – seeking more of God rather than being concerned with getting out of the trial.
Psalm 63 | A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.