The Season of Promise
by Steph Beth Nickel
Birdsongs. Budding trees. Flowers opening to the sun.
Signs of promise and new life are all around us here in the Northern Hemisphere. (In the Southern Hemisphere, my favourite season has begun.)
Regardless of the season, we have the opportunity to experience God’s promises each and every day.
Will we experience the fulfilment of His promises in our time and in the way we’d choose for ourselves? Rarely, very rarely.
Still, His promises are Yay and Amen!
How can we rest in those promises—and share them with others?
- We must spend time in God’s Word. No matter how familiar it becomes, there is always more to learn.
- Prayer is crucial. If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s this: what seemed impossible and surreal—unthinkable even—may be waiting just around the corner. Prayer is the only way to find peace and assurance in the midst of unimaginable circumstances. Plus, it’s a great way to focus on the Lord rather than on … well, anything else.
- Spend time with other believers, those who will encourage you and build you up. If you’re unable to do so in person, keep in mind that it’s important to carry on two-way conversations, not simply watch church services online.
- Head out into creation and soak in the wonder of the season, knowing that God reveals His nature in what He has made.
- If you feel overwhelmed, it’s 100% fine to get the help you need, including professional help. These past two years have taken their toll emotionally as well as physically as never before.
- We can’t wait until we’ve got it all together before we reach out to others, or we’ll never reach out. We’re always facing one challenge or another.
- Even before you feel adequately equipped, look for ways to bless others. Drop a card in the mail. Allow that person with only a couple of items to go ahead of you at the checkout. Smile at a stranger. (Even if you’re wearing a mask, it will show in your eyes.) A simple act of kindness can go a long way to brightening someone’s day—and our own.
- Prayerfully consider the writing projects you have on the go. Is it time to persevere and complete them or is God leading you in a different direction? (Remember: just because you’ve hit a wall doesn’t mean you should scrap the project. This is when we need abundant wisdom and clear guidance.)
- Take on a new project that will allow you to share the promises of God and evidences of the new life we have in Christ. Write a related blog post. Record an encouraging podcast. Start a Bible study—in your home or a private Zoom room.
We each express our creativity in unique ways, but we can only do so for a limited amount of time if we don’t refill the well.
What is your favourite season and why? What promises does it bring to mind? How do you share this encouragement with others?
Steph Beth Nickel is a freelance editor and writer and an author. If you would like more information about her services, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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