“But don’t give up. No, rather “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).”
The temptation is this: to escape. Recently, I’ve found myself trying to do away with this season. Maybe, like me, you find yourself exhausted with the demands of life, and you want to flee. You keep wishing for a different season. A season in the future with different responsibilities, you spend your days there in THAT place. If you could just get to that season, then you’d find rest. The challenge is this: TO stay PRESENT AND PERSEVERE when it’s hard.
What does the Bible say about perseverance and persistence? Sometimes the field you are tilling, working, and harvesting does not look like it will produce an abundant crop. Yet, till and work the field anyways. Keep doing the hard thing. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Sometimes you feel like you’re just too tired in THIS season to enjoy yourself. God says that in EVERY season, he has promised to bless you abundantly. That means you TIRED, mama. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Sometimes you think everything you’re doing is unnoticed in this season, so why does it matter? “Your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:4)
So, what do we do with all of this? Wait on HIM for renewed strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30–31)
Continue to PRAY like the persistent widow. And he told them [the parable of the persistent widow] to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. (Luke 18:1)
Sometimes you just feel too weak, take heart because his POWER is made perfect in your weakness. There’s an opportunity to open your hands, settle your hearts, and give it all up to the Lord. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)