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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Seasons Change Part 2

Ok, so let’s dive into this seasons thing a little deeper.

Yesterday we compared the seasons of the year to the seasons of our lives and noted how all seasons will come and then eventually will go.

How exactly does the different seasons work? Well, in nature things come forth, grow and fulfill their purpose and then die. The seasons of our lives work in the same way and we are all in one of these particular seasons right now.

But our main focus yesterday was the season of cold darkness and dreary days. The last place we want camp out and stay… much like winter.

I was in Indiana the week before Thanksgiving and it was so cold and snowy. We were in the middle of farm country and this Florida born and raised girl has never been in snow like that. While staying with our friends they taught us how they live and operate in the winters and let me tell you that EVERYTHING slows down. Where the speed limit is 55, because of the ice and snow, you go 25. School starts later and running to the store to pick up a gallon of milk is something you just don’t do. If you ain’t got it chances are you ain’t gettin’ it. Strategically planning your days is a must.

Believe it or not the cold winters are very necessary in the farm country because as the ground gets very cold and freezes it kills all the germs and bacteria that could be harmful to the crops (or harvest).

God has so designed it that both things here on earth and in life operate in seasons.

As long as the earth continues, planting and harvest,
cold and hot, summer and winter,
day and night will not stop.
Genesis 8:22 (NCV)

So is there a purpose to our winters? Yes, our winters in life are necessary to kill a few harmful things that will keep you from producing your harvest. It might be that unbelief needs to die or maybe a little pride. Lack of trust in God will definitely keep you from your harvest too.

God wants you and me to be and do the mighty things He has placed us on this earth for and the winter is where He will teach us, train us, and even kill a few things in us. Then and only then are we ready to reap our harvest. You see the farmer does not get the harvest first. Oh it would be so nice not to have to go through all the plowing and planting and all the sweat and tears and 5am mornings. But it is only when we have worked hard for our harvest that we appreciate and protect it the most.

So until spring time comes, what do you do in your winter? Trust God. Lean on God. Learn from God. And know that this is just a temporary season that will come to an end.

And when you have done all you can do and know to do, then, just like the farmer, you will have to patiently wait.

Now listen to the words in Galatians 6:9 and let them give you strength and courage.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up!

Oh, please don't give up yet. You do have a due date that has been set by God. And just like giving birth, the contractions may get harder, the pain more intense, but when all is said and done you will be holding the greatest bundle of joy that only God could bring you. And oh yea, it is going to cause you to stretch a little. (That's another blog for another time)

I am so praying for each and every one of you for God to uphold you, comfort you, and bless you. Whether you are in your winter, spring, summer or fall, God is with us in all the seasons of our lives.

Hope you are staying warm,
Tina

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