The other day, I was reading the story of a young man who was frustrated with where he was in life. He went on to explain that God was teaching him to submit to the season he was in.
My instinct told me this was crazy; especially if that season is an undesirable one! Who wants to submit to something they want out of? When we are going through a rough time in life, isn't the goal to grit our teeth and get out of it ASAP? Here's God's perspective... "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds" (James 1:2)
The word "submit" is actually not a dirty word... It simply means to yield without complaining in order to develop patience. :)
Whether we got ourselves into the season we're in, or someone else influenced where we are right now; it's up to us how fast we move out of that season. The great news is that seasons don't last forever. The atmosphere is what determines the length of the season.
If you live in Southern CA, the main season is summer because the atmosphere is mainly hot. The seasons are more varied and shorter in the Northeast because the atmospheric conditions vary. That's good news for us since regardless of the atmosphere we're in, WE control the atmosphere WITHIN! How do we control our atmosphere? By being intentional about who we talk to & listen to, what we watch & read, etc. The quicker we alter our internal perspective, the sooner the season will pass.
Don't wish the season away though, because how quickly we move out of it is determined by how quickly we learn. As James 1:3-4 reminds us, we need to be patient through the learning. We have to let patience have her perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. In other words, be diligent through the learning process.
Learning is what will push us into the next season! We need to stop complaining and start being thankful for what we're learning. If we feel like we've been stuck in the same season for too long, we should ask ourselves what we're supposed to be learning. Each season gets easier as wisdom is gained.
So, let's be submitted to the season we're in or we'll have to surrender to that season for a LONG time.