Navigating A New Season
Entering into a new season can be thwarted with difficulties and will require ongoing discernment and spiritual understanding or you may find yourself going around the same mountain time and time again.
Then we turned back and set out toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea, as the LORD had directed me. For a long time, we made our way around the hill country of Seir. Then the LORD said to me, "You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north. Deuteronomy 2:1-3
Life is meant to be lived in an upward circular motion as you grow, develop, and evolve, and not lived in circles going around on the same level each year. So, there are three things (of course there may be more) that I think you need to understand in navigating the seasons to move forward.
1. Know the season you are in
‘To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heavens’ Ecclesiastes 3:1
It is crucial that you know what season you are in: Is it a building season or a pulling down season. If you don’t know then you could be trying to build something when God is requiring you to discard things. I believe this occurs if you are not focused on listening to the voice of God to YOU and become distracted by what other people are doing.
Remember that other people will and maybe in a different season to you! So don’t watch what other people are doing to the extent that you compare yourself with them and try to replicate what they are doing.....You can't.
I have been in a season where God was clearing out some old stuff from a previous season and on the surface, it looked as though nothing was happening. But I knew that he was working on me internally. I then went to a conference and someone said to me
’How are you and what are you ‘Doing’?
And what they meant was ‘How is the ministry: what conferences are you doing? have you written any books? have you been invited to minister at any meetings? etc. Because I was ok in myself and knew my season I could handle the conversation. But if you are not confident in what God is saying to you for that season –‘ ie. clearing out’ you could go off on a tangent and start 'doing things' before you are ready and God is ready.
Knowing your season is being comfortable.....'Being YOU'
2. How God will begin to prepare you for the next season
As stated before, God will begin to clear out from the previous season. This is a hard stage because we are creatures of habit and get stuck in our ways of how we feel, think and act. But it's imperative that we go through a 'clearing out' phase. Then he will change the 'wine skins' making us flexible to accommodate the new thing that He is bringing to us.
'No one put new wine into old wine skins' Luke 5:37
This, from my experience, can be challenging as the ‘new wine’ maybe a new word, a new way, or how you see the word of God, a new methodology, or a new environment coming to you that you have never heard or experience, but in your spirit, you know you have heard God.
What He’s doing is giving you ‘new wine’ from another ‘day’ from where you are today to prepare you for what is coming.
We know that from Peter's experience in Acts 10:10-16 where he has a vision of a sheet coming down from heaven filled with four-footed animals, he was told to kill and eat. According to Jewish law, he was forbidden to eat such animals as they were considered unclean. But Peter is clearly told ‘Go kill and eat, he knows this because he clearly recognises the voice of the Lord.
Acts 10: 14 “No, Lord!” Peter answered. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
But the instructions - ‘New wine’ are strange to him, but in recognising the voice of the Lord he obeys.
That’s just how it is…God will begin speaking something to you that sounds strange that you have not done or heard before but your spirit will recognize the voice of God.
In preparation for the next season learn to stay flexible
3. He will send someone to help
Because God is merciful and is a loving Father He will always send someone to assist and support you on the journey, someone who has walked the path beforehand to guide you. Although sometimes the support may not always come in a physical person, He may guide you to read a book, listen to certain messages that are key to where you are going.
I have found from my experience, especially over the last seven years, there have been in the most crucial times people (including books) who have crossed my path giving me support so that I can transition from one season to the next. No… it hasn’t been a smooth or the most direct route. But when I look back I can see the hand of God in it.
Finally, know that it is God who started this journey in you. He knows exactly where you are and will l ensure you transition to the next season.
God will always send you help to transition