|Posted on June 19, 2014 at 2:20 AM|
“Transitioning to Due Season”
Often, just before we enter our “due season,” we experience a “dry season.” Transitioning to our due season is no easy task. During the dry season of the transition, it is sometimes tempting to become cynical and give up. But Scripture says, “for in due season we shall reap.” The condition, however, is: “if we faint not.” This blog is for those who are on verge of entering their due season, but feel faint, weak and weary. To you I say, “Be not dismayed. What you’re currently experiencing is a normal process of transitioning to your due season. Transition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. In life we will experience many transitions. Some transitions are easy, others are painful. In order to successfully transition through painful, dry seasons to due seasons, we must first define a dry season.
A dry season is a season where it seems nothing is working out like it used to. It’s a season where we will experience rejection and an unusual amount of toiling and exhaustion in an attempt to get things to work out like they used to. A dry season is a time whereby old methods and experiences no longer provide the effectiveness it once did. It’s an announcement that it’s time to move up to the next phase/level in order to accomplish a preordained purpose. For example, in Scripture Peter and his partners had been fishing all night and caught nothing. Keep in mind that these were experienced fisherman who made their living by fishing. These were fisherman who had fished this particular area successfully several times before, but during this particular fishing trip, they had “toiled” all night and caught nothing. As a result, they finally made up their minds to wash their nets and go home. Their circumstance had to be extremely overwhelming because not catching any fish would affect them financially. All the investment they made that night to catch fish did not yield their desired return. All the time and energy they exerted produced nothing!
Many times when we’re in transition to our due season, just like Peter and his partners, we too will feel like we’ve done all we know to do, based upon our past successes, but yet see no return on our investment. We followed the same formula that worked for us previously. We even went above and beyond the call of duty in many cases, yet we find ourselves at a loss of words to describe this dry place we’ve found ourselves. Being in this dry place can be down right mind boggling. We know something is wrong, but we can’t quite figure out what or why. However, one thing I’ve learned over the years is when we don’t know what to do but open ourselves up for an answer, God will step in and help us!
Scripture says Jesus came to Peter and his partners and told them to launch out into the deep and drop their nets (plural). But Peter, who was probably feeling irritated and tired at this point, told Jesus that they had already been toiling all night and caught nothing. But nonetheless he obey Jesus’ instruction. Evidently Peter partially followed Jesus’ advice because Scripture says when he dropped his net (singular), he caught so much fish that his net almost broke from large amount of fish he caught.
As a result of following Jesus’ instruction, Peter and his partners went from a dry season into their due season. In their dry season, they had to toil all night. In their due season, they simply had to obey Jesus’ instruction. They had to be willing to humble themselves and put their fishing expertise aside and try Jesus’ new way of fishing instead. Once they did this, they caught a slew of fish and they didn’t have to toil for it! In addition, obeying a simple instruction transitioned these men into their destiny as well. Their destiny/purpose was to become fishers of men by working in Jesus’ ministry. A dry season can sometimes lead us to our purpose and destiny too, if we don’t over ride it.
Once we enter our due season, we become endowed with Supernatural ability to accomplish MORE doing Less! Once we enter our due season, our dry season is dismissed and we begin to encounter a mighty breakthrough that releases a harvest on a level we’ve never reaped before! During this due season, there will be new opportunities, new and better methods revealed, new strength, new lessons to learn, etc.
So remember the next time you find yourself in a dry season, rejoice! For a dry season is an announcement that you have outgrown your current season and it’s no longer sufficient for you. It’s an announcement that you’re about to go to a higher level of living and serving. The transition to your due season may be uncomfortable, overwhelming and exhausting at first, but you shall reap, if you faint not!