Greetings to all my brothers and sisters in the Lord’s kingdom. May you be enjoying the Lord’s many blessings in your life at this time.
I was thinking about what to write about in my blog this month and I felt the Holy Spirit say ‘seasons of change’ to me. At first I was a bit confused as to if it truly was the Holy Spirit speaking to me or the fact that we had come into the first week of October. The Holy Spirit then reminded me when I watched my wife as she brought out all of her Harvest decorations from the attic and place them in various places in our home. My wife, by the way, loves to decorate for the appropriate season we are currently in. To be honest, I am not so crazy about the harvest decorations she puts out, though they do make our home look good. What I really enjoy is when Gail decorates our home for the Christmas season; because I love Christmas and all that represents it.
The Holy Spirit then showed me that is how you and I are when we go through different times of spiritual seasons in our lives. Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither. Whatever he does prospers.”
I really love what I consider to be the fruits of summer, watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe cherries, etc. etc. You can buy just about any of the fruits I mentioned about any time of the year but you will pay a high price when you buy them in what is called, the offseason and they may not be so sweet.
The psalmist writes the tree planted by streams of water, yields its fruit in season. Fruit that is ripe always has a sweeter taste to it then fruit that is eaten before it is ripe. That doesn’t make it any easier when I want to eat a sweet piece of watermelon on December 20th.
Leviticus 26:3-4 “If you follow My decrees and are careful to obey My commands. I will send the rain in its season and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.”
My wife Gail just loves it when it rains, I like it too but not to the extent she does. The air though does seem fresher right after it rains and I can cut back on my watering as well and save some money. A lot of that is also because we live in hot dry Las Vegas, the desert, so when it rains, it is very welcomed. Yet ask someone who lives in Portland, Oregon if they love the rain and you might get a different response. For those who live in Oregon, seeing the sun is a more welcomed sight. In fact I have read people who live where it constantly rains, tend to be very depressed, yet we still need the rain.
As I said earlier. I much prefer it when my wife decorates for the Christmas season then when she does for harvest season. The Christmas season is more about pretty lights, Christmas trees, sparkly ornaments, beautiful carols being sung and let’s not forget about the presents. The Harvest season to me is about pumpkins and falls leaves and that is about it I am afraid to say; pretty boring!
Yet think about this, don’t we all love those wonderful mountain top experiences we have time to time in our lives and if it were left up to us, we would most likely choose to stay there. Yet it’s in the dry, hot, valley seasons of life that we see the greatest, sweetest fruit produced in our life.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
What season do you currently find your life in at this time? Where does you root system get its nourishment from? Though the sky may seem dark right now and the storms are raging, do you still find your leaves to be green?
I may not like so much the cold dark days of winter or the long hot days of summer but each must come so growth will take place; it is the same in our spiritual life. Seasons of change; let them come so we may grow 🙂
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