What Happened When I Didn’t Listen to God

It’s funny to me how we tend to rush seasons before their time. Starbucks releases the Pumpkin Spice Latte in early September now, and at least in Oklahoma, it’s still in the high 80s and nowhere close to autumn at that time.

Perhaps getting your PSL a little earlier isn’t going to harm anyone, but I think we do this in the seasons of our life as well. When you’re in high school, you want nothing more than to move on to college. When you’re single, you just really want to be married. Sometimes you’re supposed to be in season of focusing on your work. Other times you’re supposed to be in a season of resting.

I love the way Solomon writes it in the book of Ecclesiastes:

“Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 CEVUS06

At times, you can feel an “itch” in your soul—a discontent that can’t be described with words. This feeling may be the sign of a new season that needs to begin and an old one that needs to be let go of. Recently, I felt this “itch” and assumed I needed to start something and do some new things. After just a few weeks, I found myself exhausted emotionally. Why? Because that’s not what I was supposed to do. I needed less, not more. I needed more rest, not more hustle.

So how did I get them wrong? To be honest, I didn’t seek God’s wisdom. I just did what I thought I was supposed to do, but I failed to actually ask the Holy Spirit to guide me during that new season.

Here’s the good news: it’s never too late with God. When I admitted that I had been living out of step with Him and rushing the season I was in, I experienced His overwhelming peace.

I thought it was best to add more tasks, but I’m realizing God wanted me to let go of some things instead. This season for me is meant to be a season of simplifying, not complicating.

It could look completely different for you, but if you feel that you’re out of step with God, I would implore you to ask Him what season you’re meant to be in right now.

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