I need something stronger than my own resolve,
something trials and floods cannot quench.
Put that fiery seal of your love on my heart,
let it keep me strong ’til the end
Cause seasons have changed and I’m aware,
passion is not enough.
Now that I know my weakness Lord,
Oh how I need your never dying love. – Jon Thurlow
I wish you could have been sitting in the prayer room with me on Wednesday morning during our staff prayer room time. We were supposed to be studying a certain portion of scripture, yet as soon as I sat down, the words to this song grabbed a hold of my heart and I was over come with such a deep awareness of His presence. All I could do was sit in my chair and cry.
I had a revelation from the Lord in those moments, that the passion in my heart for God, or for the things of the Lord, are not often enough to move me forward to the next season. You see, I’ve been stuck. It’s painful, but at the same time I am fully coming to accept that things are different. I want to fully embrace this season. In the surrender, my heart has been moved closer to the Lord. Yet at the same time, as I am faced with my weakness and my own lack, it makes me want to turn and run, leaving the possibilities of God in a trail of dust behind me.
I’ll give you an example. I know that I am supposed to begin work on my second book. It’s already laid out for the most part, just some minor editing and a few re-writes. I don’t feel as if I have the passion or energy to see it through to completion. But I know that it’s not the work itself that I am dreading, but the journey. There are many things that I feel called to do, or that must be done, but sometimes the journey is just hard. I want to look ahead in faith, to reach for my dreams. But the questions plaque me: What if I’m wrong? What if I didn’t hear God in this? What if I exert all of my energy and fail? What if this is my desire, not God’s?
I don’t have the passion for the next thing right now. Not just for the book — laundry, schooling, housework, my job, ministry — it’s all lacking zeal and passion, and I’m striving to find it. Some would say that if there is no passion, then perhaps I should lay it all down, surrender it all, and walk away. But I believe God can rekindle my passion. I simply must rest in His love and trust Him in the journey.
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The seasons have changed and passion is not enough. But I do know that His love will carry me through. When I lay hold of this truth, it will bring into the light that which I am supposed to do, the way in which I should go. His love is all I need to get me from here to there.
And speaking of seasons changing, I am grateful Spring is finally here!
How are the seasons treating you? Do you find you lack passion and zeal for the things you long to pursue? What is God showing you about this season of your life?
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