While wishing a girlfriend Happy Birthday recently it occurred to me how quickly the seasons of life can change without really noticing. One day you and your bestie are spending every waking moment together and the next you’re only saying hello for birthdays and holidays. Seasons of life when you and a friend are so close you’re more like sisters or spouses. You think there will never come a time that you’ll be separated. But living life brings the realization that some friendships last for a season and grow dormant for a time. Some die forever.
The seasons of friendship got me thinking about the weather season. This has been a remarkable weather season in California. Experts call it the Pineapple Express. It goes something like this: California (among other areas) go years without rain, then it’s as if someone (God) opens the water spicket of Heaven and water just begins to pour from the sky for a time. As you can imagine, when the land has been dry for so long the onslaught of water causes all kinds of problems including flooding, mudslides, and levee breaks. Especially, in places where no preparation has been made.
Spiritual seasons are no different than friendships and weather seasons. As the song goes… oh wait, that’s from the Bible. Ecclesiates 3 says:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Some spiritual seasons are dry and long and hard and we have no idea what God is doing through and to us during these times, and discussion on that will be for another day. But some seasons are full of life and spiritual growth is easy. We are just as much responsible for how we deal with the easy seasons as with the hard. In fact, there is probably an argument that God even expects more from us during these easy growth seasons than from the hard.
Let’s just imagine we’ve just gone through 7-8 years of no rain and then it begins to pour water down from the heavens. But we are so irresponsible we just let it all go out to the ocean instead of storing it in well-built damns for the next dry season…Oh…wait that actually happened here in California. But anyway, it helps make my point.
The point is there are times when God is pouring out a message, a word, a prophetic calling on your life. Maybe God is speaking profoundly through your dream life or pouring out His love with healing and deliverance. Whatever He is doing, store it up, write it down, prepare it, cultivate it, and get ready to pour it out on the people around you. Because “to whom much is given, much is required.” (Luke 12:48) I believe the principal in this passage in Luke applies. Don’t let the outpouring go to waste because you didn’t recognize that it was a season of plenty and that a dry time may be on the horizon. Know the season you are in.
The following are some practical tips to help know what season you are in and prepare for the next.
I must say I’m in a fun season right now. There have been a lot of challenges as well. But through it all, my heart is to learn to lean on Him and not try to figure it out on my own. I challenge you to do the same!
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