It happens so fast and to the best of us. One moment you‘re going through your daily routine; and the next, a life changing event occurs.
You could be laughing at your colleague’s boss jokes one moment and the next you are jobless.
One moment you’re in your lovers arms confessing your undying love to each other. The next moment you are nursing heartbreak, cursing each other out.
In life a joyful moment transforms into the beginning of a depression spiral with no warning.
These are not unique illustrations of what life has been to specific people. If you have lived this life long enough, you have been through a crushing season.
Every single day lately feels like I am in a battlefield. Some days my opponent is down nursing bruises I have inflicted on them. The next day my body is sore and I can’t move so my opponent keeps kicking me. No mercy!
I came across a conversation between Pastor Steven Furtick and Bishop T.D Jakes on YouTube. The topic was on his recent book “Crushing” and it blew me away.
Here are a few lessons from the discussion.
Crushing Season is your Hidden Season
Nobody is noticing you in this season. You are trying to get your work noticed, nothing is happening. Your boss at work isn’t recognizing your efforts so no promotion forth coming.
You could be trying to get people to appreciate your creative work in vain. It’s frustrating but this season will lead to growth if you keep putting out the work.
We all want our efforts recognized but sometimes we are not ready for that exposure.
T.D Jakes explains how God prepares us during this hidden season and how that season made him a better preacher.
Let God mold you when no one is noticing you. He will prepare that table when you are ready.
Don’t Let the Pressures of Life Abort Your Destiny
At the beginning of this week I made an affirmation. “I can rest but I will not quit.”
The pressures we go through in life, everybody goes through them. We are all tested. Life has thrown a few lemons our way and making lemonades only means being open to face more challenges.
Oprah says that no pain experienced is ever wasted. Its purpose is to get us to our destiny.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Trust God in your Crushing Season
God uses our setbacks to bless us. According to the Bishop, God knows exactly where to crush us to bring us to the place we need to be.
It never makes sense when we have lost our jobs, lost a loved one or gone through a major life transition. It feels more of a heavy load on our shoulders that we can’t get off. It feels like abandonment, chaos and the universe screaming “you’re not important.”
Trusting God will involve us leaning on Him. It will involve surrendering to Him. Trusting Him will have us asking for peace so that when the pressures of the world hit us we have peace.
Crushing is a Stage Not a Destination
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:14
The crushing is the transportation to your destiny.
I am learning to change my perspective on how I view challenges. They will not defeat me because am only passing by.
The crushing season teaches you to depend on God. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Life will always test you. You will have the choice to call that defeat or a process. You will have a choice to depend on your understanding or on God’s.
It’s not the most talented that become successful; it’s the ones who never gave up.