Meet Andrea Compton:

“Like a seed in the snow I’ve been buried to grow For Your promise is loyal From seed to sequoia
I Know
Though the winter us long even richer The harvest it brings
Though my waiting prolongs even greater You promise for me like a seed
I believe that my season will come
God if you’re not done working then I’m not done waiting....”
- "Seasons" by Hillsong Worship

I’d been walking through a pretty difficult season the last two years. It has brought pain, frustration, and sadness. However, it has also brought healing, growth, patience, and a closeness to God I’ve never experienced. This season  has made me see how perfect God’s timing is. He didn’t move quickly, He didn’t move slowly, He moved at His perfect time.
I’ve been loving Jesus my entire life. But loving Jesus doesn’t mean life is perfect. Sometimes it feels like winter. It’s dark, cold, and dreary.  The great thing is, however; it’s just a season. It will end.
What am I doing in the “winter” that will bring a harvest when the season ends?
Am I trusting God through the difficulty?
Am I relying on Him when it just seems unbearable?
Do I put my faith in the one who holds my future?
When the harvest comes, am I producing fruit?
Or have I given up and allowed the elements to defeat me?

For me, the pain brought trust. It brought healing. The pain brought hope and it drew me closer to Christ. I feel like I am a better wife, mother, sister, friend, and follower of Jesus because of the pain I walked through. I know Jesus could have only done that. He turned my seed into a sequoia.
One thing I know is true, you don’t have to walk through the “winter” season alone. That’s what I love about Hillcrest. God gave me people in that season to encourage me, pray for me, love me through the pain, and wait patiently with me while the winter passes.

To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven.Ecclesiastes 3:1

“You can see my promise
Even in the winter
‘Cause You’re the God of greatness Even in a manger”
- "Seasons" by Hillsong Worship