Knowing The Importance Of The Season You’re In.

In the book of Proverbs, it says that wisdom is worth the wait. And yet, the painful waiting part of our journey toward something we’ve longed, hoped, and dreamed for is right where we can become unravelled. With our endless questions, nagging doubts, and need for control, we tend to put on our war paint for the battle ahead and charge toward resourceful thinking, doing things in our strength, and getting lost in a smoke screen of confusion and fake fine. So how do we wait well? Well, this is where we need to understand that knowing the importance of the season you’re in is key to moving forward.  

 ‘Know the importance of the season you’re in and a wise son you will be’ Proverbs 10:5 says, and in some seasons the best move forward in our calling is to stay still, stay fixed, and stay steadfast so that our character develops as we wait on God to make our next move happen in His timing. In another translation, it says, ‘A wise son stores up for the winter months while it is still summer but a shameful son lies around even during the harvest.’

In other words, knowing the importance of the season you’re in ripens the fruit of your faith. And if you know the importance of the season, then what can feel like a never-ending winter of waiting is where your character and perseverance begin to grow and mature.   

Look at the apostle Paul. He understood the importance of the season he was in. We know this because in Romans 5:1-5 he wrote, ‘Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.’ 

Paul understood that in the waiting things grow, and the key to not becoming frustrated with God is to know the importance of the season you’re in. Whether it’s a planting season, a seedling season, a budding season, a growth season, or a waiting season where God is working on some character traits to grow and mature for the next part of the journey, the importance of knowing which season you’re in becomes the key to unlock why God is asking us to steady ourselves, take a moment to stay still and wait for His timing which brings with it wisdom.

It may feel like nothing is happening. It may feel like everyone else is moving ten steps ahead and you’re still stuck on step one waiting. However, the beautiful thing about knowing the importance of the season you’re in is that while you’re waiting…

Tribulation produces perseverance – perseverance brings out character – and character, HOPE.

Hold on dear friend and hold onto hope.

So, you’re saying that seasons of waiting, seasons of heartache, affliction and adversity are a good thing?

Absolutely!

James backs up what Paul is saying about knowing the importance of the season you’re in by writing, ‘Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers, and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. True patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line-mature, complete, and wanting nothing. If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need.’ James 1:2-4

Mature, complete and lacking nothing? Well, that’s certainly worth waiting for, right? And when we know the importance of the season we’re in, it helps us understand why God has paused our progress.

Sure, the season we’re in can bring with it adversity, grief, and heartache, and yet, this is the crucible God uses to produce wisdom within us. The importance of perseverance develops our character and character, hope, and hope will never disappoint. Paul was speaking from experience, as adversity was a place he knew all too well.

His body bore the marks of suffering for Christ’s sake. Everything Paul went through built and strengthened his character so he could change and influence the world. He learned to wait on God for his ministry to start and flourish when the time was right. And when Paul’s season of waiting was over, God would move Paul exactly where he needed him to preach the gospel. 

‘But Wendy,’ you say, ‘I feel called to do something great, and all this waiting is tiresome and draining. I want to be where the action is! I want to start my calling now, pronto! I need to move forward fifteen steps to make up for lost time in the waiting instead of all this yuckiness in feeling stuck, incomplete, and less than.’

Ah, my friend, the importance of knowing the season you’re in is understanding that good fruit never grows overnight, it has to undergo a series of changes before it is ripe and ready to be picked.   

And this is where the nurturing nature of God teaches us to wait well during the dormant part of our journey. God gently reminds us that we have already been picked. ‘You did not choose Me. I chose you, and orchestrated all of this so that you would be sent out and bear great and perpetual fruit.’ John 15:16. 

Perpetual means constant, continuous, unending, and knowing the importance of the season you’re in helps you produce good fruit that will last. Trust me, it’s in the hibernating, waiting state where your potential builds and buds. Your character deepens in the gritty soil of endurance and persistence and in knowing the importance of the season you’re in.

Waiting seasons drill down and tap into God’s wisdom, causing the enemy’s lies that keep telling you to do more, be more, have more, experience more, and make more come to nothing because in the waiting season of your journey, you’ve never been left behind, you’ve never been forgotten, you’ve never been passed over by God. He delights in the fact that you have tapped into His wisdom so you can better understand the importance of the season you’re in.  

Remember; a season of tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance develops our character a good, solid character has the confidence and expectation to cling to the hope that God knows exactly what He is doing in the season we find ourselves in. Because then you’ll be mature, complete, and want nothing.

I like the sound of that!

Wendy xo

Which season do you believe you’re in? How has waiting well helped you to trust God more?  

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Wendy Parker

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