My twin sister in the Lord, Lynette Joyce, has graciously written today's awesome Devotion for your edification. Lynette is an Elder of Jehovah Shammah "His Presence" Ministries, and has written for Glory Shield Ministries (Online) before, to our delight. God bless you as you read... and thank you, Lynette!
Psalm 31:24 – Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (KJV)
With Hope as the theme of this devotion, I would like to share with you how the
seasons of time are reflective of our spiritual seasons.
The Lord revealed to me how we as Christians are like trees, in that we go through
seasons. As believers, this is not unfamiliar to us. The beauty we see in trees as they change colors is the beauty He sees in us as we, in agreement with His season for us, go through a dying season (autumn). It may “mean” death but there is beauty in our obedience during this season. We do not sorrow like those without hope, for it is not really death, but sleep.
We may “feel” like we are dying during our season of change, but it is necessary to go
through that season before we can go through a season of rest (winter); for it is only when we rest (which means having confidence in His abilities on our behalf) that we heal, and then into new growth (spring) which is reflected in our level of faith and agreement in Him on this path; then finally coming into fullness (summer) where our testimony will set the captives free.
The spiritual comparisons between us and trees (seasons) are more than just “catch
phrases” that we as Christians use to explain situations in our lives. If we realize the spiritual applications in and to our lives with each season we go through, the seasons will go from being an impersonal catch phrase to a time of true change and preparation for the path the Lord has for us.
Our hope lies in trusting the Lord to show us how to welcome each season of life the way the trees understand each season, and simply go through it for the joy of the new season coming, regardless of the storms, hurricanes, wind, earthquakes, or sunshine and breezes that come with each season.
(Originally published June 5, 2013)