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This Too Shall Pass . . . But What Do I Do Until it Does?
by Jenny on August 26th, 2015

"So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation." 1 Peter 5:10

I am so grateful for my children. So grateful for the fifth baby God recently delivered into our arms. So grateful I get to experience conceiving, birthing and raising the next generation.

But sometimes it's just hard!

Major life events, such as adding a new child to the family, require us to find a new normal, a new way of doing things. I'm not so good at extending grace to myself while working through the kinks. I want to make minor adjustments to my daily routine so that I can keep running at full-out, break-neck speed. When my "minor" adjustments fail to accommodate the demands of my "new" life, I grow weary and frustrated.

In an effort to comfort and encourage me, many well-meaning friends have given me the adage, "This too shall pass." That's great, I've thought to myself. But what do I do until it does?

I know my four month old with a sensitive tummy won't always be a four month old with a sensitive tummy. I know my two year old won't always be a two year old. I know my school-age girls won't always be school-age girls waiting for me to teach them their daily lessons. But what do I do for now? Can I learn to embrace this season of life rather than simply waiting for it to pass?

God says to us in Jeremiah 33:3, "Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come."

I think the secret to embracing difficult seasons of life is to stop waiting for life to pass, and instead turn to the Giver of Life to see what He would have us learn in and through our current season.

In John 5:17 Jesus said, "My Father is always working, and so am I." God is always at work. God works in our good seasons, and God works especially hard in our difficult seasons. In Roman5:3-4 Paul tells us to "rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation."  James tells us to count it as pure joy when we face trials because the testing of our faith produces perseverance. (James 1:2-3)

Romans 8:28 assures us that God works everything for the good of those who love Him. God did not promise that all things in life would be good (in fact, Jesus promised us in John 16:33 that we would face trouble). God promises to work everything for our good.

Philippians 4:6-7 tell us not to worry about anything but to pray about everything. Matthew 11:28 and 1 Peter 5:7 tell us to cast our worries and cares upon God, the only One who is happy and strong enough to carry our burdens for us. We can even ask God for sleep because Psalm 127:2 tells us that "God gives rest to His loved ones."

Proverbs 3:6 promises us that if we seek His will, God will show us which path to take. Rather than trying in vain to hold onto my former way of doing life, I should run to my Heavenly Father with full abandon, admitting my ignorance and inability to function on my own. When we humble ourselves before God, James 4:10 says God will lift us up in honor.

In his book All In, author and pastor Mark Batterson writes about our theoretical knowledge of God becoming experiential knowledge of God. We can't experience God as our provider until we need Him to provide for us. We can't experience God as our healer until we endure sickness. We can't experience God as our Savior until we recognize our need for saving.

Whether our major life change results from a newborn child, and adoptive child, a loss, a diagnosis or even a stock market crash, we can embrace the change by looking for what God wants to teach us in this season. And God promises in 1 Peter 5:10 that after we have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen us, and He will place us on a firm foundation.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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