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The Weak Seasons

We all face weak seasons... but it's out opportunity to let God reveal Himself fully while we rest.

The autumn season here in Ontario, Canada, has been a great contrast to our summer so far.

Maybe it’s the Scottish blood in me but the cool, wet summer and now the warm, dry fall is perfection for me, and I will gladly let the trend continue.

As far as weather goes, with our almost non-existent winter last year, this has been a banner year for someone like me.

But if I look at it closely through eyes searching for more?

It’s been a rough and extended season of wondering what could possibly go wrong next. A season of worry. A season of weakness.

And not just for me, but for dear friends and for family, too.

I have spent far too much time asking God what He could possibly be up to, and what He could be waiting for, and not nearly enough time asking Him to fill the spaces those questions inhabit with His powerful presence and all the ways I need to get out of my own way.

I always think I’m doing okay.

Until a situation reveals all the ways I’m still so very weak.

Has it felt like a full season of weakness needs to end?

Has it felt like a full season of weakness needs to end? Click To Tweet

And there’s been an abundance of prayers and petitioning, am I right?

“Lord, I need this situation to end! Lord, I need You to remove this awful thing! Lord, where is the victory?”

But what if we’re asking for the wrong thing?

What if our weakness is the gateway to a far more incredible opportunity?

What if our weak season is an invitation for something profoundly good?

An invitation for Someone profoundly good?

What if God meant it when He said in 2 Corinthians 12:9-11;

” My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

Our weakness, it turns out, is the perfect soil for the power of God to grow and work on our behalf in ways He never could if we thought for a moment we had things under control.

‘Cause we never do. And He always has.

When we come to the end of ourselves we finally come to the beginning of all the ways He waits to be our Everything.

What if we submit our weak season to Him fully, and then keep submitting it with the fresh perspective of wanting Him to fully show Himself?

I see Him on the throne, compassionately rubbing those universe-creating hands together, and saying, “Finally! I can’t wait to reveal My full story for you and shower My out-of-the-box love for you in ways you couldn’t think possible. You invite Me in, and now the miraculous can begin!”

We have to shift our prayers from being results-based and now make them opportunity-based.

It’s actually an exciting choice.

We get to go from wondering where our answer is to knowing WHO our Answer is at all times.

We get to go from wondering where our answer is to knowing WHO our Answer is at all times. Click To Tweet

In fact, we get to declare like the rest of the verse above;

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Why boast during what may be the most difficult time you currently face?

“So that Christ’s power may rest on me!”

The boasting facilitates a magnificent trade, friends.

I no longer want doubt to rest on me.

Fear to rest on me.

Anxiety to rest on me.

Failure to rest on me.

My past to rest on me.

Illness to rest on me.

I want His power, and only His power, to rest on me.

Our weak seasons are the perfect conditions for His unfaltering faithfulness, unspeakable peace, and provisional power to flourish for us, on us, and in us, if we’ll let Him.

We begin to boast in our weakness and we watch our perspective shift. Maybe this isn’t all about a situation revelation, but something He’s waiting to work out in us, first?

Sometimes God changes our circumstances, which are temporary at best.

And sometimes He’d rather change us, for the eternal at most.

Here’s my question I want to leave with our hearts today:

Have you made the transfer from worrying aloud to boasting gladly about your weakness? About that tough and impossible circumstance?

Not sure? Do this. (Right now if possible.)

Find a room, or a private and secluded spot.

And instead of praying from desperation, let it fuel a declaration.

And begin to call out loud, boasting, how God has seen your need and will restore strength to you from His inexhaustible supply. Will use this season to make Himself unequivocably known, and therefore will cover you in His grace while He orchestrates the impossible.

The same God who battled for Joshua when all seemed hopeless.

The same God who parts seas and calms storms.

The same God who confounds kings.

The same God who drops manna from heaven, and feed thousands with next to nothing.

The same God who with a word restores sight, limbs, dignity, and eternity.

The same God who already won the biggest victory from the cross, and assured you life from a place victory beyond the tomb.

This, my friend, is what He excels in.

All that’s left to do now in our weak season?

Is believe it.

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5 Comments

  1. Beautiful, Christine. I was drawn to your post because I am in what feels like this season too. I love this part, “instead of praying from desperation, let it fuel a declaration. And begin to call out loud, boasting, how God has seen your need and will restore strength to you from His inexhaustible supply.” Amen!

    • Christine Duncan

      October 17, 2017 at 1:46 PM

      Meghan, I’m so glad that today’s post has been able to encourage! Amen, indeed. He longs to do the extraordinary in our lives! Thanks for popping in today 🙂

  2. This post has been such an encouragement to me! I have been living in a “weak season” for about two months now with one health situation after the other, usually simultaneously. I am growing so weary and even had the thought to “cry uncle”, but the Lord reminded me His grace is sufficient.

    I love your insights here and I was inspired by your prayer to indeed pray in that manner.

    Thanks for sharing what turned out to be a very timely post for me.

    • Christine Duncan

      October 17, 2017 at 6:32 PM

      Karen, I will be praying for you this week, that He make His grace and strength known to you in big ways ans small, so that you feel built up and rested in Him while He does battle for you! I’m so glad the post today reassured you that He is sufficient, and as close as the mention of His name… thanks for visiting!

  3. “What if we submit our weak season to Him fully, and then keep submitting it with the fresh perspective of wanting Him to fully show Himself?” Christine, I love this! It’s exactly what we should do. Instead of always asking Him to take it away, we should look to see how He is going to work in each situation!

    Blessings to you! So glad I stopped here tonight! xo

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