What We Can Learn From the Changing of Seasons

Too often, I think we picture a balanced rhythm as something continuous and consistent — no ebbing or flowing. It’s easy to think that for there to be balance there must not be anything lacking. However, dormant seasons, when certain resources are lacking, are in fact necessary for fruitful seasons.

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The land promised to the Israelites in Exodus 3 was a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Which means that a distinct attribute of this land was its balanced rhythm. The seasons were not too long or too short There was not too little or too much rain. The temperatures were not extreme, etc. The ecosystem could easily thrive and resources for livestock were bountiful. What I find captivating about this picture of abundance is that it is only as a result of natural seasons, natural ebbs and flows, that the land experienced that well-balanced rhythm. It couldn’t be in a constant state of production and fruitfulness, because that would have been exhaustive. It wasn’t designed that way.

So why should we?

What if we took a cue from how God established and orchestrated His creation and acknowledged the various seasons TRUSTING that those ebbs and flows are designed to yield abundance in our lives?! What if we stopped questioning the “winter months” in our lives and instead praised the Lord for what he’s doing and going to produce in the “spring months”?

Deuteronomy 11:13-15 “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land it its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”

There are two rainy seasons in view here in this promise: the early rain and the latter rain. Both were necessary to ensure a good harvest. The early rain prepared the land to be seeded and provided optimal growing conditions for crops to root and sprout. The latter rain was for the growth of the plant. Both rains were for the good of the crop, yet they both had distinct functions. What good would the early rain be if there was never a latter rain to mature the crops? What good would a latter rain be if the seed had not taken in the ground in the early rain?

Whether we are farmers or not, there is a lot of good truth to be taken from these passages. Let’s take a cue from nature and let our slow seasons be seasons of rest, our rainy seasons be nourishing to the soil of our hearts, and the growth and harvesting seasons be hard worked and stewarded well.

Stacy MacDonaldComment