When In a Season of Almost

Have you ever gone through a season of “almosts”? Those times when when you’re praying for guidance, you’re seeking the Lord and feel at peace with moving forward in one direction, things are lining up and then……nothing. The job promotion, the college application, the book idea, the adoption, the fundraiser, the relationship, the whatever-it-is (you can fill in the blank) goes no where. It can be something huge or it can be something small, but it doesn’t change the fact that at first, it’s deflating.

I don’t question God’s faithfulness or goodness in these times, because I know He is good (He’s done more than I’ll ever deserve already!). But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that these times can be trying and frustrating. I wonder why did everything have to line up so “perfectly” (meaning my heart gets involved) to only have things not pan out? Was it once again about “the journey”? And trust me, that is asked grudgingly. What if I just want to have the end result and be done with it? Have you ever experienced that?

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This was from one of my runs and it’s amazing how rays of sunshine can be so encouraging! Also, can we take a moment to check out the beginning of that hill I have to defeat with every training run?

So I’ve been asking myself, what’s the point?

Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

The easy answer is this proves there’s plenty of room for growth when it comes to my spiritual life ;). I so quickly want to see the end result, that I want to skip right over the middle. Yet, as much as I can sometimes complain about the journey – I’ve been reminded recently of how important that journey is. Yes, there are lessons to be learned, but more importantly, for myself, it’s in times like these (deflated, frustrated, etc) where I have to seek the Lord more than I would have if it all panned out like I thought it was going to.

And that is what’s important.

I believe God is continuing to refine me (and that will be a life long process for sure!). Sometimes those end results come quickly, sometimes they stretch years, but as stubborn and baby-of-the-family I can so often be, the Lord is showing me He isn’t done, He’s preparing me for things far beyond my expectations. And I can’t wait to see!

So while I sometimes get sassy frass in my patience, I know He is still there and won’t give up on a girl like me, who as you can see from the following photo, has always been the epitome of meek and one who listens the first time around. Typing that makes me chuckle. Bless my parents.

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Circa late 80s

Have you been there? What were some encouraging scripture and advice that helped you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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5 thoughts on “When In a Season of Almost

    • jamielynne82 says:

      Thanks! It definitely is a classic picture!

      And amen! Even in the valleys and the dark times I know His love is everlasting and that brings hope I couldn’t find anywhere else 🙂

  1. Kara says:

    Ah, I love this. Because I know exactly what you’re talking about! I feel like I’m kind of in the middle of one of these trying times right this very minute, and while it’s HARD let me tell you, I still have that little ray of hope that somehow, someway, God’s gonna get me though this to something pretty amazing. Why? Because I know He’s done it in my past. Another thing that helps me is music. There’s some amazing artists out there that seemingly looked inside my heart to write their songs. Plus? In times like these, Psalms (any chapter!) is so very, very comforting. David understood hardship. Today’s verse? “Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.” Ps 37:3 amp.

    • jamielynne82 says:

      Amen to what you said Kara! I can trust that God’s going to get me through it because I’ve witnessed it before! He’s amazing like that!

      And yes to music. I’m so thankful for it and how it can speak to me in ways no other avenue can.

      Thank you for that scripture – it was a reminder I needed again today!

      Praying for you through this season and I know the Lord will be faithful in your life. Thanks too for your encouragement 🙂

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