The Change of Seasons

A fellow gardener posted this blog about her overflowing garden (hello zucchinis….), ending with a provoking question about the what God might be speaking through the changing seasons, through “the juxtaposition of seasons, the constant rhythm of yearning in winter and overflowing fullness in summer”.

In my life, I feel like God has spoken a lot about His faithfulness in the changing seasons (particularly when I look back) and about sustainability in my walk with Him. The seasons in my life have changed numerous times, even just in the past few years, with seasons of abundance and fruitfulness alongside seasons that have felt as barren as any winter. I think those winter seasons expose my roots — or sometimes lack of roots — in a healthy way and force me to dig deeper into God until I touch the sustaining warmth and water of His presence. Often it forces me to abandon my comfortable ruts and venture into new places. But in every season, I can see His hand in my life (though sometimes not until I’ve passed out of the darkest, coldest time).

It reminds me of this passage from Jeremiah:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.,
whose hope is in the Lord.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
in the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

What about you? Has God spoken to you through the changing seasons?

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