Wednesday, March 14, 2018
"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1
All through the winter months, through wind and cold and a rare snow storm, the Live Oaks stood strong. While others trees around them rose stark and bare against the winter sky, they flourished - their branches full and rich with shiny green leaves.
The seasons fold one into another. Winter wanes; spring, capricious and delightful, makes her entrance - bringing change.
Barren trees burst into life - crowned with vibrant blossoms and tender green leaves. They hold the promise of long, sunny days.
However, not all of the trees undergo this wonderful transformation. The Live Oaks are undergoing a transformation of another kind. While new life explodes all around them, their leaves begin to fade and fall to the ground. In the midst of spring's glorious display, they stand seemingly diminished.
To everything there is a season. For all of us there are seasons - sometimes predictable; sometimes taking us unaware. There will be times of productivity and times of barrenness, times of joy and times of sorrow.
All will be well. The Live Oaks won't stay bare for long. In just a few short weeks they will join the other trees - pushing out little tassels that will soon give way to leaves. They will flourish again.
You may be in a season of waiting or one where life just feels empty and dry. Be encouraged. Don't look around at what others are doing. Just below the surface something new waits to be born in you - in its time and in His purpose.