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It's Your Season (Guest Post: Lakeshia Poole)

“It’s your season!” Many years ago, I heard this common Christian catchphrase everywhere. Weaved in sermons and songs, those who proclaimed it often followed up with declarations of many blessings – more money, a new house, love, and happiness. I figured, I’ll try this out.

I, too, shouted with much joy, “It’s my season!” and waited for the overflow.

I said the magic word, but nothing extraordinary happened. I still had the same job where I felt completely undervalued and underpaid. I was super single. I struggled to figure out if my deepest dreams and desires were childhood fantasies I would never see. Worst of all, I began to wonder about God and my faith. Did He not hear me? Is it really true that God blesses us? What was I missing? Am I not doing this “right?”

Maybe it wasn’t my season. This rationalization gave me so much solace during the tough times that I actually believed it. Life wasn’t “working out” because it simply wasn’t my season. One day, it would be my season. And oh, what a glorious day that would be!

I viewed so many months and years as simply not my season, hanging on to this idea of a future time where life would go according to my plan and I would be overwhelmed with happiness. I continued to search for the magical formula – work extra hard, make these connections, move to this city, take that role, etc.

Outwardly I achieved much, but found myself burnt out and hanging on by a thread. I was missing Someone in all of my doing, planning, and succeeding. In another moment of desperation, I attempted a challenge of reading all of the Psalms. I only made it to the first one – that’s when I discovered a possible path forward.

You Can Be Fruitful in Every Season

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1:1-3.

This sounded even better than the “it’s my season” proclamation. According to David, each season was prosperous. However, it would require intentionally focusing on the Lord more than other people.

Again, I thought, “I’ll try this out.” Well, that simple decision to meditate day and night changed my life. I discovered two things that helped me shift my perspective and productivity in every season of life.

You Must Produce the Right Fruit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Looking back on it now, I realize the error in my mindset. The songwriters and preachers were right—it was my season. We serve a God who produces in every season. The hiccup in the harvest came when I focused wholeheartedly on the external picture of success instead of the internal work of my Savior.

Oftentimes, our idea of the kind of fruit we want is based on what we see in the world, what our friends have, and what we scroll across on social media. We associate fruit with financial windfalls or the realization of common milestones that have been packaged as the “American Dream.” However, once you decide that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, His Spirit begins to cultivate different fruit.

Invisible to the eye, and readily dismissed in a world of hustle-and-bustle, the fruit of the Spirit is critical to a Christian’s growth and maturity.

When you don’t know what fruit is being prepared, it’s easy to complain about the process and lack of progress.

I now see how those days were preparing me for today. During those years, I learned how to navigate life from a place of faith instead of fear.

Whether it’s obviously fruitful or not, spiritual work is happening on the inside. You can trust and believe that God is tilling your heart and soul, planting dreams and desires that only He can fulfill.

You Must Produce at the Right Time

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 (ESV)

Just like everything created by God, you have to be in sync with His design and aligned with His purpose. Timing is everything in nature, and each creature abides by the laws of the Creator. I am incredibly fascinated how everything works together – the sun, rain and seasonal climate – to nurture the growth of plants.

Nature operates on a clock that we don’t always appreciate because we’re just ready to enjoy the reward. But have you ever tasted fruit picked too soon? It’s hard, bitter, and completely inedible. On the other end of the spectrum is too-ripe fruit. It’s equally as disgusting and useless. Similarly, we cannot pick the fruit sprouting in our lives too soon due to impatience, and we can’t wait too late to harvest. All has to be accomplished according to God’s Word.

This is where our faith is especially important. God is the One who prunes and completes us—no amount of work on your part makes up for His divine order. Trying to do this on your own will leave you vacillating between impatience (rushing in too soon) and procrastination (delaying too much). Staying attuned to His voice allows you to know when the time is right. It’s that soft whisper during Bible study, that inner nudge while you’re debating your next step that says: “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

My friend, this is your season. It may not feel like it. It may not look like. In fact, it probably seems like all you hoped for is crashing around you. Life isn’t happening the way it was supposed to for you. Still, I believe it’s your season. Whether you’re sowing, growing, or harvesting, rest assured God wants you to be fruitful. Meditate on his Words day and night. Invite the Master gardener to tend to your heart, mind, and soul and you won’t just survive this season, you will thrive in each season.

If you're just joining us for the It's Seasonal series, be sure to go back and meet the writers for the month in our post, Change is In The Air! These ladies are amazing! I promise.

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Author and Writing Coach Lakeshia Poole is changing the world, one word at a time. Her latest title, Faith Beats Fear, helps readers grow from worriers to warriors in a 31-day journey of inspirational fiction and essays. For more, visit www.lakeshiapoole.com or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.