A Note from Rachael
I’ve often heard the advice, “Don’t prepare for seasons you aren’t in.” Essentially people were encouraging me not to borrow tomorrow’s trouble when the worries of today often already felt like too much for me to hold. But why not take note of truths in Scripture as we come upon them, even when they don’t apply to our specific circumstances? How could noting these truths help prepare our hearts to cling to them when we walk into difficult seasons?
Before we were actively trying to have children, I began to note throughout Scripture how God is the author of life. He brings forth life, and there is nothing we can do in our own power to create life apart from him. He sustains, he provides, and he breathes life into the lungs of every single miracle that enters this world. As I noted these truths, I tucked them into my proverbial basket for a future day when I might need them.
At the time, I had no idea that we would walk through years of infertility or that, years later, God would call these truths to mind from the depths of my soul as I prayed. I wasn’t worrying about today all those years ago—but I was taking note of something foundational to God’s character and method. I was storing up truth to stand on when the rains came and the sand around me began to shift. I was building my hope on the rock of God’s Word so that this current season would not overwhelm me.
And in God’s grace, I am not overwhelmed. In the power of the Spirit, I have what I need to face another month of infertility, a longer season of waiting than I had hoped. He has provided the peace I couldn’t have known I would need many years ago, and he has called to mind more truths than I can count about his character and goodness. So sister, don’t worry about tomorrow, but take note of the truths God is speaking to your heart today.
Trusting God in every season,
A Word of Encouragement
There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God. —Brother Lawrence in The Practice of the Presence of God
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