Did you know that even in winter trees are growing?
I had no idea until God started to speak to me about my spiritual life in relation to how trees grow.
We all know that in the spring trees are growing, we know this because we can see the beautiful little buds flowering on the branches, spring is such a beautiful season of NEW.
Think about your life. I want to paint a picture of the seasons and how they relate to our lives.
We all are unique, and just like the trees, some seasons are seasons of new. In spring seasons everyone can see the newness happening, and they congratulate you on doing something new.
Summer comes and you are at the peak of your beauty, your ministry or life is flourishing and it’s so beautiful! In the summer the trees are in full bloom but they’ve been that way for a while now, so people get used to seeing the tree’s that way. Sometimes this shows in life as a season where you are called to endure. This is a season where maybe you may not get as much encouragement from people around as you did when things were new, and this could be the season of bearing fruit like growth in ministry, or meaningful relationships being established. But it’s still fairly new to you, you’re still learning and growing.
Fall comes, and the leaves begin to change color, in fall it’s easy to see leaves falling off of the trees and then they become bare. Sometimes we go through a fall season when we are leaving a ministry, organization or even a friendship that we have been a part of for a long period of time. Sometimes in our fall season, we aren’t necessarily leaving anything but we may be feeling the need to pull back on some things and re-evaluate the vision God has for our lives. This shedding of old is so important for trees. During fall trees are actually preparing themselves for winter. They shed leaves because the trees are slowly decreasing the amount of water and nutrients it gives to the branches and it is starting to give the majority of the nutrients to its roots.
Winter is what I feel God wanted me to specifically share about.
Some of us are in a winter season. A winter season is important to embrace.
During the winter, on the outside, it looks like trees aren’t doing anything. They have no fruit, no leaves, and no flowers. But beneath the surface, the tree is actually growing its roots. Winter is a season where the tree pulls in all its nutrients and focuses on feeding its roots. The roots are being fed in the winter so that they can grow wider and deeper than the previous season. You see, in the winter there might also be some rain… so while these roots are focusing on growing the rain comes and loosens the soil, and the roots grow even deeper and wider. This creates a strong root system that can hold the tree up when winds and different seasons come and go. Having stronger and wider roots allow the tree to bear more fruit because it can hold more weight and the tree branches can later grow more which again, allows more fruit to grow.
Some of you are in a winter season. There’s nothing particularly exciting or new going on on the outside. However, you are being called to pull away from some things to preserve energy and to focus on going deeper with God. For some of us, winter seasons are difficult because we don’t necessarily feel like we are fighting on the front lines. We might even feel unseen, or unproductive. But winter seasons are needed.
During the winter seasons, God is calling you to have more time alone with Him so He can speak new things to you. God wants to give you wisdom and He wants you to grow closer to Him.
During this season that you’re in, I encourage you to embrace every moment, and every word God speaks. He truly is preparing you for a season where fruit will be abundant, and these roots you are building will hold you up to be able to produce and carry this abundant fruit.
1 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Embrace your season. God has made all seasons beautiful, even the winter.