PODCAST Ep3: Accepting the Seasons That We're In
Just like our calendar year, our lives have seasons. Many times we want to hurry them along or make them last forever, but every season that we find ourselves in has it’s purpose.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 we see that Solomon tells us there are specified times for everything; a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest, a time to kill and heal, a time to break down and a time to build up, a time to weep a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, etc.
If you’re anything like me, I want to be enjoying that harvest time, all the time, but we know just by observing the world around us that this is just not realistic. It’s so easy to get frustrated because our seasons that are planting, or pruning, or waiting, are a lot longer than we would like them to be. But just like the trees, or the land, we go through cycles and each one must precede the next in order for the process to be complete.
Maybe you’re in a rainy season? Rain is necessary, rain is an intricate part of growth, we can even pray for and enjoy rain, but when it rains much longer than we thought possible, we begin to resent it. We get to a point where we throw up our hands and say, "OK! I have had about enough of this now! Are we done?” Rain, however, must proceed the sowing season.
According to WomenintheBible.net, “(In Bible times) Sowing took place after the first rains soften the ground.” Before the seeds could be planted, the ground had to be made ready. Have their been times when our hearts have been hardened to something God wants to do and maybe He allows a ton of rain in our lives for a more pliable ground? Things in our lives that we may have never even considered looking at in our lives or our hearts, but after a long season of rain, we find ourselves open to all God wants to day or say. The article goes on to say that if the farmer tried to plow before the rain, the blade could not dig into the ground. On top of that, the farmer readies the ground by throwing fertilizer on it, and we all know what that is? We want growth, we want harvest, but all we can think is, “This stinks!”
Once we make it to seeding season, we are excited, we are ready, the rain has stopped, it’s time to be planted. The seeds are put deep down and we are filled with expectation only to be met with lots and lots of waiting. How long does it take for something to grow in the ground? How long does it take for something to grow in our hearts and lives? Not a day, not a week, but usually months and months of waiting. We are buried in that season, little sprouts taking root, it’s happening, but it’s dark, it’s hard to see and more rain often accompanies being planted.
You see, while we’re planted, the farmer (God) has to also worry about other things. Is there enough rain? What about the pests coming in looking to eat what has been planted? These things come to disrupt our growth. Have we gone far too long without connecting to our source of Go’s Word and worship, causing a dryness in our soul that causes seeds to shrivel and shrink as we cower underneath the weight of our unbelief. Do we believe lies and allow them to steal the seeds and convince us they were never sown at all. We allow our doubts to reign as we wait because it’s just been so long. As we wait, trust the season, remain faithful.
BUT, after the time has passed, the seed has grown, and the obstacles have been withstood, harvest always comes. What has been planted, watered, and grown over all the time it needs, always bears fruit, we can count on it. Once again however, we come to realize, this is not when it ends, the harvest is often the part that is the hardest. For farmers this is a huge task to undertake, reaping all that has been grown.
And there we are, with a harvest of what has come into our lives, our hearts our souls and we rest. But what do farmers do in this season of rest? Just sit there and count their produce? Hardly, this is the time when they work on and repair and prepare for yet another round of seasons.
Where are we in our season? We can ask the question, “ how can I cooperate with what you want to do in my life while I am here?” We have to trust in each part and purpose that this season holds. The breakthrough is such a small part in all the growing process, but of this we can be sure, just because we can’t see what is happening doesn’t mean nothing is.
In Galatians 6:9 it says, “Let us not grow weary in doing good. For in due season we will reap, if we do not give up!” Don’t give up! No matter how hard this season is, don’t give up. There will be times when we want to put on shorts because we love summer and run around in them because we just love that season so much. But how silly and ultimately foolish is that to put on clothing that we are not in. If it is not the time, we will only feel uncomfortable and frustrated.
In my life, being a mom of little babies, was one of those seasons that many times felt like a time that moved as slow as molasses. My days were filled with wiping bodily fluids or fixing another meal. I had dreams and desires to write something, create something, pursue this “call” I felt on my life but I found myself frustrated many times. I hadn’t gotten the call wrong, it just wasn’t the season yet. They were a part of my learning season, what God was teaching me doing the dishes and giving baths in the every day mundane was teaching me things I could learn no other way, teaching me what selflessness really means to serve someone over and over again out of love alone.
When our babies are little we know we want to enjoy them, but there is a little ache in our soul that maybe we have lost who we are, we’re being left behind but it’s not true. Every season counts. We can be brave enough to believe that if we don’t have the margin to do it all and still stay sane that perhaps it’s only a couple seasons away, this one preparing us for that one. Will we let the growing season do its work so that when the harvest comes, our roots are deep and we want them to be deeply planted.
In John 15 we know the verses well that we are the branches and Jesus is the vine. If we remain in Him we will bear much fruit, but we also know that there are branches that He is going to prune in some of these seasons and it’s not going to make sense and it’s going to hurt, but it is always only for us to bear even more. The fruit was never ours, we bear it for the Father, for His glory. He knows just what He is doing with His vineyard, with His farm. It is to His GLORY that we bear much fruit, wanting a lot of fruit? There is nothing wrong with that, want it, ask for it, but be prepared for the seasons, for the pruning.
Maybe the wait is long because there is much fruit He wants to bring from your life? He is preparing us to be able to sustain in character what He wants to produce through us. Will we wait on His timing? We want to be people who are so rooted in Christ, so committed to the way He does things, that our fruit remains continuous for years to come.
What season are you in? Are you struggling? Are you soaring? What is your perspective on seasons? I would love to hear where you are, you are not alone! He is for you!