Posted by: Heather | March 5, 2010

Times and Seasons


Ecclesiastes 3:1  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

This scripture, and the verses that follow it, beautifully illustrate there are times and seasons to life.  In the beginning, God created time as a framework for his creation to operate in.  On the fourth day, the sun and the moon were created, and the Bible tells us they were created for signs, seasons, days, and years.  For many years, the rising of the sun and moon alone were man’s calendar.

Jesus used examples from everyday life that were easily understood when he spoke in parables.  I’m a firm believer that God reveals Himself in His creation.  So, by studying creation, we can learn more about the God we serve…a God of order and detail.

When a seed is sown, it must die first before it can become useful to produce anything.  As the seed dies, germination begins to take place, which results (hopefully) in a healthy, productive plant.  Although, it should be mentioned, that plant receives its nutrients from the soil.   So if the seed isn’t planted in good soil, it won’t receive adequate nutrition.  A healthy seed and healthy soil are necessary for a healthy plant.

At first, there is a period of rapid growth.  After a period of time, fruit begins to form.  When the fruit matures, it is harvested so it can be used.  Then the process must begin all over again.  In the case of annual plants, the seeds must be planted every year for the process to continue.  In perennials, or trees, a period of dormancy comes after the harvest.  During the winter, they are unfruitful.  Although there is no outward fruit on the trees, this dormancy is necessary to produce better fruit the following season.  Dormancy is a time to prune so new growth will occur, and give more strength to the tree.  It’s also a season of ‘rest’ for the tree.  Without dormancy, trees won’t produce to their full potential.

It is the same in our Christian life.  We have our ups and downs, feeling ‘mountain high’ at some points, and ‘valley low’ at others.  There may be a time in our lives when we’re depleted, and just have to rest.  The key is to remember that it is a season, and when we’re in each season, we should prepare for the next.  The time of rest is for pruning unneeded things in our lives, and gathering strength for springtime.  Dormancy is not a time to be idle.  It’s the time God uses to cut away all of the branches that are stunting the growth of the fruit.    But, never fear, spring is on the way.  When it comes, we’ll be back to the business of growing fruit again.   And the cycle continues…

Have a blessed weekend.

Heather

Artwork (at top of post) by John Bell copyright 1998-2007 (www.jrbell.com) – used with permission
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Responses

  1. Great article, Sometimes the pruning season is not the most pleasant time,but very necessary! God Bless, Tony

    • Thanks, Tony! I totally agree…I’ve gone through more pruning seasons than I care to admit. LOL


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