We have taken several drives lately and been in awe of the brilliant yellow, gold and orange leaves on our local trees. I miss the fiery red of the Minnesota maples but we have a corner on the other colors here in Colorado. The fall colors are like a Fourth of July display before we get into the more subtle colors of our winter here in the Rockies.
God ordained the seasons and change we cycle through each year of our lives. He might even speak to our hearts about this is we can get quiet and listen. Getting quiet and listening is always my greatest challenge of any given day:
You see the flowers of my creation, they have seasons and cycles. They bloom and grow and bloom then grow and gain strength to bloom again. The flower with its allure and fragrance is not always visible, yet it is still an iris or a rose and recognized as such.
In Song of Solomon 2:12 the Bible speaks of flowers appearing on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
Yes, I wish we were coming into springtime instead of winter right now but at least we have the promise of coming springtime. Around here we look for the humming birds which migrate back sometime in May each year, brave little critters as it is not unusual for us to have snow in May also.
In Song of Solomon 6:11 there is talk of "blooming". "I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom." (NIV)
Many verses in the Bible speak of times, cycles and promises of the return of spring after an apparently "dead" winter. Even in our winter times we are growing roots. Things are happening within us under the mighty hand of the master gardener, our Lord Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please help me through those times when there is no evident bloom. Help me to grow deep roots and cling to you even more then. Even in the pruning, Lord, help me not to wince but to give a joyful response. All that is not of You needs to go. AMEN
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Saved by His grace in 1974, from 9 years of professing atheism into His loving arms. RN for 23 years, missionary with YWAM then statistical analyst for Every Home for Christ over 9 years. Living with my husband in the middle of a mountain meadow. GRIN! Wanting to spread the good news