I have always been fascinated by seasons. Sometimes I look at seasons as a metaphor and I often use metaphors to measure where I am and where things are. Because life can be very stressful and if you are anything like me, I tend to get pretty overwhelmed. Wherever you are in life I believe it´s important to know what season you are in. When we know our season, we are less distracted by things around us and we can see clearer what God is doing and hear what He is saying. You may not know what season you are in – that´s okay – and it´s okay not to know everything. God asks us to have faith, to trust and to do His will.
Psalm 1:1-3 NIV: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”
In John 15, Jesus talks about bearing much fruit. When I hear “to bear fruit” I usually think – reading the bible more, to pray more, to fast more, attending church more, etc. Can it also mean to let go of things or to allow God into spaces we have kept for ourselves? But to bear much fruit – does it only consist in the things we do? In verse 4, Jesus says unless we remain in Him it´s impossible to bear fruit. To remain in Him – How does that look like in your own life?
Jesus also talks about the gardener (God) who prunes the branches so they can become even more fruitful. Maybe you find yourself in a pruning season – it´s painful and you may feel your foundation is shaking or falling apart. You may even feel that God has abandon you. Take courage! Wherever you find yourself God is always inviting us into a deeper level of faith and relationship with Him. Remain in Him and He will remain in You.
“All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have reason to worship”
Desert Song, Hillsong United
May this be our prayer and let Him be the reason for this season.