Messages from Young Adults

Spiritual Seasons

As I thought about nature and how I connect to God, or at least try to, through nature, I couldn’t help, but draw an entirely strange picture. Though nature tells me about the God of this universe, I kept seeing my life being played out in nature.

It’s starting to get hot now. In a few months, the leaves will fall and then the snow will stick. Trees look dead and the flowers are no more. Green grass becomes a little browner. Then comes Spring. The grass gets green, the trees grow leaves, the sun shines and the skies are clearer. Then the cycle starts all over again. Year after year after year for the last 22 years of my life. Seasons come and seasons go, but they always return.

Sounds a lot like my life. Seasons. My life goes through them. Does yours go through seasons? Why does my life sometimes seem like a cycle? But instead of one season lasting a few months, it lasts a few days. Friday and Saturday are like Spring. I’m rejuvenated. I’m connecting to the Giver of Life again on Sabbath. Then comes Sunday and it’s still good, but I’m definitely forgetting to water the plants that were just sown. Then comes Monday! The beginning of the work week and things begin to fall apart. The leaves that were once green, begin to dry until they fall all together come Tuesday. By the time Wednesday and Thursday roll around, I forgot any seeds were sown in my heart a few days ago. I didn’t water, I didn’t put Miracle Grow. Nothing. Even worse, there are weeds now! Where there once was healthy grass are weeds! Insects have eaten up the beautiful flowers from Saturday. And the garden that was planted is nowhere to be found. Guess it’s time to replant.

How long can we go on like this? This is not the type of Christian, the type of child our Father wants us to be. A Christian with a cycle of seasons in a matter of days. A Christian is not borne out of Church. He or she is borne out of a constant, ever-deepening relationship with the Master Designer, the Skilled Gardener. I am not suggesting we will not fall ever again. But a true cycle of cherished sin or a continual neglect of time spent with God is not a true Christian. That’s just going through the motions. There is no real heart transformation. It’s just an outward show of flowers in a vase that dies in a few days. No soil, no nutrients. It’s a planned death. Everyone knows flowers in a vase will not last you a very long time. Sure, you can have plastic flowers, but they don’t provide any fragrance. Real flowers will provide a fragrance for a few only days. That’s how it is with our spiritual lives. We need to plant our spiritual lives in soil. Pour Living Water on it. Give it some Son. Feed it with the proper nutrients like the Bread of Life. Not just once, but continually.

We must ask the Lord to free us from our seasons of communion with Him. Let it be Spring in our lives, God! Don’t forget another lesson from the seasons. It may be winter in your life right now. Life is gloomy and cold. God can provide us with resurrection! The long, cold death that the winter brings is forgotten by the resurrection of spring! The only One that can bring life from death is Jesus.

If you have seasons in your life like I do, go to Jesus. Go to Him EVERY DAY and “taste and see that the Lord is good!” Will you join me on a 30 day Journey as we make Spring the only season in our lives? I challenge you to join me on this 30 day Journey. Wake up 20 minutes earlier than you normally do to have worship by yourself or with your spouse. Every day for the next 30 days, until June 5. That’s it. For those of you that already do this, may God continue to bless you. I ask that you pray for those that will join this challenge. As we study about nature, let us partake of the Divine Nature every day. Amen.

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