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Our region (Hawkes Bay) is a fruit growing region and many types of fruit are grown here. One thing I have observed is that different fruits mature at different times. Even within one season, fruit will ripen at different times within that season. So, at the beginning of summer certain stone fruits, apricots, cherries, will be abundant but later on in the summer other fruits, plums and peaches will come on line and in the early autumn we will have apples and pears to choose from. All in their time they ripen, according to the plan God put into the variety of fruit.
What then are the seasons that are required for growth? Well actually we need them all. Growth comes as part of a cycle. In spring, there is a surge of fresh energy to prepare for the eventual harvest that summer will bring. After harvest, there is a cleaning up period and then there is the deep rest of winter when only the roots grow unnoticed under the ground.
It is easy for us to become disorientated, even disillusioned if we do not understand the season we are cycling through. If however we have a God given sense of the direction about why things are the way they are, then the Holy Spirit becomes our guide in the spring time and summer, our comforter in autumn endings and our solace in the stillness of the winter.
John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. “
Jesus says that we are chosen, prepared by Him to bear fruit, and fruit of a wonderful quality that would remain.
Some people panic during changes in their spiritual seasons. The scriptures offer us assurance of help from God, in the letter from the Apostle James;
“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.” – James 1:5-8. (The Message)
Despite this promise, some people run, desperately trying to change everything. This panic comes from a basic survival instinct, when difficulties are produced by spiritual seasons, the answers are spiritual ones. No point in digging up your roots and running, you will only delay the purposes of God. Here is a prayer to tether you during unsettled times;
Dear Lord help me understand what season I am in, let me rejoice in harvest, yield obediently when things begin to slow down. Give me patience in winter’s chilly bleakness. Keep me open to your spirit’s guidance during the rush of spring time and always give me a heart to learn and trust you. Amen.