Everything is flourishing!
After the last two years of record high temperatures and severe drought, I had resolved to only plant things that would flourish in those conditions this year. I envisioned massive crops of sweet potatoes, okra and horseradish. Expecting a less than fruitful year, but hoping for better – I decided to resort to the good old-fashioned wisdom of the Farmer’s Almanac last Fall. To my surprise, a mild, moderately wet Spring and Summer were in the forecast. So in good faith I went with what they said…I planted according to their forecast and everything is bearing fruit beyond what I’ve ever seen before. It’s really unbelievable. They were spot on.
This lesson has drawn me back to the seasons of life – just about the time you resolve yourself to accepting the harder seasons of life…they change! I’m in a few myself.
You may find yourself :
- Tormented by sleepless nights with infants and toddlers
- Suffering grief from the loss of friends or family
- Devastated by an unexpected job change or loss
- Agonizing over loneliness and isolation
- Feeling empty as your children leave home
- Separated from friends or family
- Wrestling with the tension of chronic Illness and pain
- Processing the sorrow of a wayward child
- Caring for aging parents
- Grieving the devastation of divorce
Without fail, eventually, the seasons change and things begin to flourish again. I’m not exactly sure how the Farmer’s Almanac works, but they have obviously identified rhythms for weather over time. It has encouraged me to embrace the seasons of life and expect the change. God has designed rhythms for our lives too….
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
A season for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to rebuild.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. – v. 11
May you flourish, my friends, right where you are – you are deeply loved!!!
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