My least favorite part of going through physical therapy is having my fingers and joints stretched out. My hand was immobilized for six weeks and right now I feel like I’m learning to use it all over again. My therapist has taught me to breathe through the pain , to not back down and to push through. I’ve been counting through the stretching because I know each stretch lasts only 10 seconds so I focus on the numbers declining, not the pain.

If you’ve been walking through your life with Jesus chances are you’ve gone through stretching seasons, probably more than you’d like! The thing is, God brings those stretching seasons not to hurt you but to get you stronger , to prepare you for your purpose. Inflexible people aren’t just resisting change but when change comes they get hurt. Don’t believe me? Go ahead, do the splits right now and see how you feel afterwards ! Not pleasant , right?

So how do you go through God’s stretching seasons successfully?
First, breathe! Seriously! When God stretches you He also breathes new life, new hope into you ! Inhale His life, His presence and exhale all the tension. By focusing on God’s breath , His Spirit , you stop focusing on the pain and discomfort of the stretching.

Second, don’t resist or fight against the stretch. Here is where your YES comes in. You have the choice to push through the pain, to stop resisting God’s work. Whatever it is God is calling you to do that’s beyond your comfort zone, step into it and say yes. I learned that resisting my physical therapist will cause me more pain but when I would choose to cooperate with the stretch the pain would slowly ease.

Third , count through the stretch. That means you focus on what’s ahead and what God is preparing you for not on how long it’s going to take. Sometimes  God’s stretching seasons are quick and sometimes they last a long time. It’s really easy to become discouraged as you go through the stretch when  time doesn’t seem to pass, so let your focus be the end result.

So don’t resist His stretching, don’t run from it but lean into it, into God and get ready for the greatest season of your life so far!