Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries
Spiritual Seasons of Life
Today is the first day of spring! Spring is a time of new beginnings. The trees are beginning to bloom. Animals and vegetation are starting to awaken as the weather slowly gets warmer. The refreshing rain of springtime helps everything to sprout and grow.
God also allows each of us to go through times of spring in our spiritual lives. These times can bring relaxation and rest to a weary soul. This season is full of hope and expectation of what is to come in the future. Someone experiencing the spring season in life could be someone getting a new job after many months of discouraging interviews. It could be someone who has experienced rejuvenation in their spiritual walk with the Lord, or maybe an answered prayer or a decision to follow Christ.
Ask God to show you what areas of your spiritual life He desires to grow.
Have you ever tried raising a garden? If so, you know that summer can be a difficult time. There are weeds that need pulled, and soil that needs watered. Then there is the ever-constant battle of trying to keep the bugs, birds, and animals out. It can get tiring to do all of these things day after day while waiting for the crops to be ready for harvest.
The same is true of the summers in our lives. Life is busy and we are constantly moving from one activity to another. Summer is also a time when one minute the weather is beautiful, and then the next minute, a thunderstorm occurs. God can use the disruptive, turbulent weather or spiritual trials, not only to strengthen you, but also make you appreciate the calm weather when it arrives!
Pray for strength and renewal as you consistently live out the summer seasons of your life.
My in-laws have a beautiful, fruitful, apple tree in their back yard. The branches get so heavy with fruit that my in-laws even have to place ropes on the branches during the springtime to ensure that they do not break off the tree trunk. Many seasons back, my in-laws also took the time to prune this tree and take extra precautions to try and keep bugs and animals from eating on it. They work hard year-round to ensure that their harvest is successful in the fall.
The same is true when we experience life seasons of fall. After months or years of work, it is nice to “sit back” and thank the Lord for His blessings when they occur. What blessings can you thank the Lord for in your life?
Take a few moments just to praise God and thank Him for what He has done and is doing in your life.
Winter can be a difficult season in life. The cold temperatures and snowy conditions often make it hazardous to travel. When you look around at nature during this time, everything looks bleak and gray. Signs of life from the trees and vegetation are nowhere to be seen. Many gardeners take advantage of this time to prune or transplant trees and bushes.
In a life season of spiritual winter, God also allows His children to go through harsh conditions. These are the times that feel bleak, gray, and dormant. God, the Master Gardener, may use this season of pruning to draw us closer to Him so that our spiritual lives are ready to grow and blossom come spring. Whatever your situation, be encouraged that God is with you in every season–even the tough, winter ones.
What areas could God be trying to prune in your life as you strive to be a maturing follower of Jesus Christ? Does it line up with what God wants for us?
FRIDAY: Embrace Your Season
What season of life do you find yourself in? Whatever it is, embrace it! We wouldn’t have learned the lesson that God intended for us to learn had we not gone through the season we experienced during His perfect timing.
A song that has been an encouragement to me in the past few years is titled, “Blessings” by Laura Story. The lyrics say this: What if your blessings come through raindrops? What if your healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights is what it takes to know You’re near? What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?
Just remember, whatever spiritual season you are in–whether it be the growth of spring, the thunderstorm of summer, the gray of winter, or the blessings of fall–embrace your season, for God is leading you through it for a purpose.
Take a moment and ask God to help you embrace whatever spiritual life season you are in and to live out that season for His glory.