How To Turn Life Seasons From Broken Promises Into Maximum Expectations And Prospects

Autumn has arrived. And there are subtle hints flying across the sky as the Indian summer quickly fades. The geese have begun their migration journey south. The temperatures fall, reminding us of the change in the atmosphere. The leaves too have started their descent and the colours are simply stunning. With aromatic berries and taunted dusky leaves vibrantly wandering across our path. This is simply my most favourite season in the calendar. Because nature has a way of so cleverly walking us through the beauty of everything close and far. In all this I suddenly became aware of how God works everything for our good, even those bad, dark seasons where we wonder how and why. To turn life seasons from broken promises into maximum expectations and prospects.

My own life is one where ashes have become beauty. Where God has taken every piece of my brokenness and turned it into His masterpiece. I know I am still a continual work in progress. And recently have been thinking of how a natural pearl is formed. From something broken into something so exquisitely beautiful. It seems like a painful process when a foreign substance enters the oyster shell. And how the cells within the oyster work from a number of years to perhaps even a decade to create an attractive natural pearl. This made me realise how that beautiful pearl could never be created if the oyster was not injured by that foreign substance.

Exposure turned into expectation…

Can you identify those wounds in your life, that perhaps you have hidden or brushed away from everyone? Because you didn’t want them to know. Like the summer flowers departing and a transformed season of waving and changing scenes, God uses everything that has hurt our heart to work out for our good. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, surrender all those parts of your musing heart to God. God can renew every single hope and heal our bodies. (Psalm 147:3)

Beauty and hope, isn’t that what we all long for – together simultaneously? As I gaze out of the window I am surprisedly reminded through nature by the myriad of opportunities God holds as He awaits to direct us to take the next step. Like the numerous leaves falling with many differing colours, there is so many advantages to the love of God in this season of fall. He molds and holds us with value as He slowing takes our life and like a precious metal exposes it to the furnace of life before it can be purified, so similar to how the worth of a platinum or gold can be displayed. He takes us through every really difficult situation. Where those blows seem to keep coming and when we think every hammering is in vain. Instead God is increasing our value as he does that platinum metal which is finally turned into a gorgeous piece of jewellery exhibiting an engagement, wedding or eternity ring.

Through the process to prospects…

Do you feel sad that summer is over? There are some aspects of the warmth and the sunlight with dancing butterflies in the cool meadow that makes us wish every season could stretch on forever. But that is not how God created the seasons to be. In the same way in our lives God is using every emotion, event and offence from hurt to abuse to build great characteristics in our hearts and souls. To increase positive strengths and in time allow you to note how the stuff you wished had never happened has brought you to the place where you stand today. As a person of value because of what God has done. Especially when those discouraging voices try to remind you otherwise. I love how much God loves us and holds us dear. He gave up nations and people to rescue us. (Isaiah 43:4)

It all brings us back to the process that we cannot evade or fast track. Every part of our life is a process. And in the middle of all that we can discovee benefits as we walk every step with God. Not to get discouraged or allow the current suffering which the present times hold to be anything compared to the glory God will reveal to us. And the key is to trust, trust, and never stop trusting God in the storm. Across the storm. Keep our eyes on Him. Help us view the value of the process. When these tough times appear, don’t be surprised, because we know this is God testing our faith and preparing us for the path He has laid out ahead for us. (1 Peter 4:12) He walks with us through every deep ocean and flaming fire.

From broken to blessed…

Brokenness has taught me many lessons, but one of them l was determined to pursue and make this choice daily. Forgiving others. Although I know I have to work on this purposely in future conflicts. Is choosing to forgive. I chose to forgive when I was betrayed, let down, used, abused, left as an option. God has given us victory over every situation and all we have to do is step out with determination and authority to claim that power and release it into our own lives. So that we can experience the same forgiveness God has towards us and pray that towards every person who has hurt us.

It all happens in God’s time. How he restores us. Every crisis has the potential to show our true colours. Either we will receive God’s promotion or we will demote ourselves. Honestly I want to choose God’s promotion. To hold on to Him with all my strength even if the complaining in His ear is constant. To fight for His approval over every area of my life. Even the closed parts that no one can see. Sometimes we might feel the silence around us. Those moments when we wonder if restoration will ever come and we feel drowned by our situation. Invisible. Yet in all that as we wait on God He will give us new strength to fly and soar with Him. The purposes God has designed for us is meant to bring meaning and value and like His love story to us openly displayed on the cross, it was all because of His relentless unconditional love.

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How has God used a season in your life to move from the undue pain of brokenness to blessed purpose and working everything out for your good? 

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36 Comments

  1. 25 September 2020 / 4:32 am

    Ava, what an inspirational post! Yes, we are saying bye, bye to summer. Fall is here, warmly welcoming winter, the coldest days on the earth. I see beauty fleeting, falling leaves, colours being faded. Soon, there will be a silence, a silence accompanied by fog, snow & chilly winds. Ava, you’re right in saying that there is hope & light for us still. Soon, God will heal us. Soon we’ll witness sun lightning in spring, waters sprinkling in streams, and read-breast whistling from the garden-croft. Sure, there is life with God, nature. Love and peace! πŸ™‚

  2. Ava
    Author
    25 September 2020 / 1:08 pm

    I am glad you were encouraged. God speaks through nature and there is always hope. Thanks for your comment God bless!

  3. 29 September 2020 / 5:50 am

    Girl, this was a great post! I tweeted it! I love the way that God can use those broken things and teach us and shape us through them!

  4. Ava
    Author
    29 September 2020 / 8:48 am

    Thank you so much for your feedback!!

  5. fluxingwell
    30 September 2020 / 5:56 pm

    I love the idea of turning broken promises into maximum expectations. It’s so true that everything happens in God’s timing. Thanks so much for the insights.

  6. 1 October 2020 / 8:25 pm

    Indeed. God’s restoration always comes in His perfect timing. While we’d love to rush to solution, God uses our trials to reveal His glory and demonstrate His promises. I appreciate your beautiful reminder and encouragement!

  7. 3 October 2020 / 8:47 pm

    What a beautiful and inspiring post! I agree with you. I love the beauty of autumn and see how it shows us that there is beauty in every season, even the unpleasant ones.

  8. 4 October 2020 / 3:30 pm

    Such beautiful encouragement to see God working in our lives in his own timing. He makes all things beautiful that way!

  9. 4 October 2020 / 3:45 pm

    What an inspiring post, indeed the seasons are fleeting and each it’s season has it’s own purpose and I pray God’s purpose will be accomplished in each of our lives in Jesus name. Amen.

  10. 4 October 2020 / 5:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post! And in every season, it’s always beautiful because of God. Even when we don’t know how it will unfold. Bless you!

  11. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 8:40 pm

    It certainly works out if we follow God’s timing. God bless!

  12. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 8:41 pm

    Thanks Cathy for your positive feedback!

  13. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 8:41 pm

    So glad you were encouraged Collene, blessings for a great week!

  14. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 8:42 pm

    Thanks Rachel, have an awe filled week!

  15. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 8:43 pm

    Thanks Betty, have a grace filled week!

  16. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 8:43 pm

    Thanks Sheryl, for your encouraging comment!

  17. Teresa Hodge
    4 October 2020 / 9:05 pm

    Love the analogy of the pearl! And how God uses the hurtful things of life and turns them for our good. God is making a thing of beauty from the ashes of our brokenness! Thank you for this post!

  18. kariminter
    4 October 2020 / 9:54 pm

    Love the changing of the seasons for this very reason! God always uses them to teach me such valuable lessons. Thank you for this beautiful post!

  19. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 10:35 pm

    He certainly is! Thanks for your kind encouragement!

  20. Ava
    Author
    4 October 2020 / 10:37 pm

    Autumn is so colourful and God teaches us so much in every moment and phase. Thanks for your feedback!

  21. 4 October 2020 / 11:18 pm

    One of my favorite seasons and I am presently in a season of change as I have recently been terminated from my employment. This is totally out of the blue and I have been seeking God and His will, meditating, and considering some choices before me. God is good in all things and I trust in him to see me through this temporary set back.

  22. 5 October 2020 / 3:54 am

    From my brokenness God is making a pearl. Great post.

  23. 5 October 2020 / 9:49 am

    Praise the Lord who turns beauty into ashes! What a remarkable hope we have!!

  24. 5 October 2020 / 9:50 am

    Praise the Lord who turns ashes into beauty. πŸ™‚
    What a remarkable hope we have!!

  25. 5 October 2020 / 11:45 am

    Autumn is my favorite season and I love how you wove this seasonal post with beauty from ashes. That is one of my favorite verses. Today I’m praying for Beauty to come out of the ashes from all that Covid is stealing from us❀️

  26. Ava
    Author
    5 October 2020 / 5:09 pm

    Praying that God will provide in every way for youπŸ™

  27. Ava
    Author
    5 October 2020 / 5:10 pm

    Absolutely Alice, God has a plan for you!

  28. Ava
    Author
    5 October 2020 / 5:10 pm

    I agree with you Evangeline πŸ’― πŸ™

  29. Ava
    Author
    5 October 2020 / 5:11 pm

    A great prayer Karen and so true how God is weaving in our lives even though we cannot see

  30. Ava
    Author
    5 October 2020 / 5:12 pm

    πŸ™πŸ™

  31. Christina | Finally Family Homes
    5 October 2020 / 7:25 pm

    Praise God for his restoration & healing – bringing beauty from ashes! He can turn around life’s seasons indeed!

  32. Ava
    Author
    5 October 2020 / 7:43 pm

    Thanks Christina indeed God is the miracle maker πŸ™

  33. 6 October 2020 / 3:08 am

    Oh, my! All the ashes God has made into beauty in my life continuously keep me in awe. I am in awe God would choose to love me and use me. In awe His plan and purpose included me.

  34. Ava
    Author
    7 October 2020 / 11:23 am

    That is amazing, God is so good!

  35. jonisteinauer
    13 October 2020 / 7:21 pm

    I am currently in a season of healing and overcoming. I can definitely relate to the words in this elegant post. Love. Love. Love. Blessings, Joni

  36. Ava
    Author
    14 October 2020 / 1:45 pm

    Praying for you Joni, thanks for your wonderful feedback!

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