The Watchful Eye of Spring

Beauty Bush
Beauty Bush

Spring is a hopeful season.

Through the years you have worked hard and planted those favored trees and shrubs.  Especially if you have been planting in my yard! It’s hard work. You have agonized over every placement, digging out the rocks and boulders in order to put in a favored plant.  You guard them closely during  those early years of life – water, fertilizer, weeding, staking…

You know, those early years make you look over them as a watchful parent over the baby you are protecting!

Spring becomes the heat of summer. Summer ends, fall arrives – the fruit is picked and the leaves change colors. Winter turns everything into a naked branch and you begin to watch over them as Spring approaches. Again. It is the cycle of life.

Did they survive the harshness of the dormant period? Will they spring back? You do not want to lose a single plant, especially when you have worked so hard… Especially with what they bring with them – my flowering trees and shrubs bring the hummingbirds!

So, spring is the season for hope… Will the planted bush or tree make it through the winter and begin producing and growing again?

The bible tells us a number of times that seasons have purpose:

  • Genesis 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
  • Genesis 8:22 KJV  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
  • Psalms 74:17 KJV  Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Seasons have purpose. Nothing can continually exist in growth. Everything must have down time for rest and recuperation. We see plants springing forth, showing their greenery and fruit, yet it is during the dormant season, the fall and winter, when roots establish their hold on life and enlarge their presence.

Just as the earth has natural periods of seasons, so do our lives. We can not keep producing, we need down time. Dormant time. This is true in the seasons of our lives as well as in the hours of our day. Just as we look for periods of vacations to recharge our annual batteries, we also need it every single day. That’s why we sleep and rest at night.

It’s what happens when we come out of the dormant time that catches my attention today.

For some, Monday is a tough day after two days off (the weekend), for others the first days after vacation are often less effective work hours, and still, for others, it’s those first hours of the day as they awake from slumber.

As we come out of dormancy, we all look for the signs that we are ready to produce again. Will you be able to re-engage at work? Will you be able to re-start your day?

We often look at seasonal times of our Christian lives the same way – periods of dormancy, trials, harshness of cold times… Solomon calls out to his beloved…

Song of Solomon 2:10-13 KJV  My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.  (11)  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;  (12)  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;  (13)  The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Who is calling us to awake? Shake off the cold of the dormant season and step back into life as a producer. As a pastor I have watched souls enter periods of dormancy. I understand the seasons of life. There is a right time to everything under the sun. A time ….  A season… A purpose

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  (2)  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  (3)  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  (4)  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  (5)  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  (6)  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  (7)  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  (8)  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I pray for the dormant periods,  I watch over those who are not yet re-awakened. I call to them as Solomon does… But I realize, there is a time, a season, and a purpose. I rejoice as they awake and start producing again – stronger because of the dormant period, stronger because of the trial. Stronger. I pray.

I think we experienced some awakening yesterday!

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