• Megan Hicks

This Season will Pass

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV

Nothing is going to change. That is how it felt.

How long would this time in my life last? How long would I have to endure this season? These were the thoughts constantly running through my mind.

Everything felt so hard and so dark.

Where was my hope?

Where was the encouragement?

Why did every day feel like one thing after the next was snowballing into a never ending, overwhelming weight?

My time in Nova Scotia was one of the hardest seasons of my life. The short 26 months that I was there felt like everything that could go wrong, did- and every emotional upheaval I could experience, I walked through.

I moved to Nova Scotia to pursue my master’s with the intention of never returning back to Ontario- but God had other plans.

Nova Scotia became my dark night of the soul season.

A Dark Night of the Soul is a coined term for a time in our life that feels hard, daunting, unbearable and a farness from God- ironic that as I was living this season I was being taught about it in my Spiritual Formation class.

A dark night of the soul season stems from John of the Cross, a Catholic mystical writer who wrote the book, Dark Night of the Soul.

In it he wrote that when we pass through periods of darkness, God has not abandoned us but is in fact drawing us into more intimate communion with Him.*

During a dark night of the soul season there may be a sense of dryness, aloneness, and even lostness. Any overdependence on the emotional life is being stripped away. The dark night is one of the ways God brings us into a hush- a stillness, so that He may work an inner transformation upon our soul. **

At the time, I did not see God's work in my inner life.

I just saw the hard- the overwhelming bad news day in and day out. Hindsight is always 20/20 and looking back I can see all that God grew within me in that season.

Being in a different season helps bring perspective.

But on this side of that season, knowing now that season did not last forever, gives me hope the next time I stumble into a similar season- it will not last forever.

Once I find myself in a familiar season, wisdom would remind myself to ask:

- what is God teaching me here?

- What is God refining in me?

- What is God striping me of?

- What have I become too dependent on that is taking me away from God?

- What is God doing behind the scenes that I cannot fathom?

In this dark night of the soul season I can remind myself that God is doing a good work within me and drawing me into Him.

Though painful, and at times unbearable- I know I can lean into God and trust that everything is happening for a reason. That God is with me, even if I cannot see or feel it.

This too shall pass.

This season will not last forever.

We are reminded in the book of Daniel that God will change our seasons and that He knows what we need and when to give it. You are not alone in these seasons and God will change your season when the time is right. God is faithful and just, He will not let you down.

Daniel said: ‘Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.’” Daniel 2:20-22 NIV

He cares too much about who you are and what is growing within you in this season to fail you now.

Keep pressing on- God has you.

Your season will change.

This season will pass.


*Water from A Deep Well, Gerald L Sittser

** Celebration of Discipline, Richard J. Foster

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