Let me just start by saying 2020 was weird, y’all. I mean, yes, *some* good things came out of it. I started this blog. My husband and I’s marketing company more than tripled. I launched my photography business. We got the cutest puppy in the world, our sweet Golden Retriever named River. (He’s a good boy.)
But there was also so much bad. So much hurt. People lost jobs and loved ones. Our country experienced (and is experiencing…) so much chaos. For me, even though I had so much extra time on my hands, 2020 ended up feeling like one big season of laziness. Like, we went through a pandemic, we were all quarantined with so much extra time on our hands, and somehow it felt like I did nothing. And sadly, that showed the most in the time I spent with the Lord.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe I HAVE to spend an hour in my Bible every single day in order to have a close relationship with God. In fact, in 2020 I experienced the most spiritual breakthrough and freedom than I have in my entire life. I grew so much. But I still longed to be more consistent in the intentional time that I spent with Him.
So as we entered into 2021, I did something I’ve never done. I didn’t finish a quiet time journal. Cue the freaking out of all of my OCD readers. Trust me, it felt weird. But I felt like I needed to start fresh! I didn’t want to be lazy in that area any longer. And I associated that journal with spiritual laziness.
But that all changed this morning.
I had just finished spending about three days studying one Greek word (zoopoieo) but I still had about an hour of extra time after I finished studying it this morning, so I asked the Lord what I should do with the rest of this time (I woke up reaaalllly early this morning). Should I read a devotional? Should I write a blog based on all I discovered about this greek word I just studied? But neither of those things felt like the right thing.
Then the Lord put last year’s journal in my mind. Yes, the journal of spiritual laziness. It was as if He was telling me to write a blog based on some content I had written in there. Then, right then, it became so clear what He was telling me. This journal, and this season, was not a waste. There is so much God-breathed content in that journal that I need to steward, not just toss to the side. Boy, was this some major conviction, let me tell you.
Sure, I didn’t spent time with the Lord consistently last year, but there is still so much God-breathed words in that journal that others need to read, and it is not for me to decide that those words are worthless.
And neither is the hard season you went through, or may be going through.
No season is wasted.
Dare I say it? Even 2020 was not a waste.
God works all things together for good for those who love Him. (Ro. 8:28) And whatever it is you went through or may be going through, I can absolutely guarantee you that it will work out for good, one way or another.
So, friend, I strongly encourage to look again at the things, and places, and seasons that you consider to be worthless, or a complete waste, and ask God to reveal its worth. Ask Him how you can make good of it!
Again I say, no season is wasted.