[…and you give them their food in due season]
In our neck of the woods, the sun has been shining brightly again (finally!), so I’ve been trying to get out and walk when I can. (At this point, our Winter had been unseasonably warm.)
On my last walk I was thrilled to see that some little purple crocuses had made there way up and out of the earth. My hopeful thought was: Maybe we’ll receive an early Spring this year! (This turned out to be wishful thinking.)
It wasn’t long after this, that the weather turned bone chillingly cold. We even received some snow. However, it didn’t stick around long.
As I took a walk last Saturday, the wind chill factor forced me to come in early. I wasn’t enjoying that icey air current!
Walking past those early bloomers once again, I noticed that they weren’t appreciating the cold snap either. These poor blooms were slumped over. This was either a consequence of the chilly air, or the weight of the snow that we’d received.
Of course, this got my wheels turning. We can be the exact same way: eager to grow and bloom. However, when the weather changes quite suddenly, we can quickly become discouraged, wilting under the weight of it all.
I’ve realized something else: I can act just as Luke Skywalker did in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” (You didn’t see that plot twist coming, did ya?)
Because Luke Skywalker was so eager to become a Jedi Warrior, He always had His eyes on the horizon rather than on what was required of him in the moment. Because of this, Master Yoda wasn’t too eager to take Luke on as an apprentice. He felt that Luke had no patience. For more of this story see: Hope and a Future – Part 3
I do the very same thing that Luke did. (ALL the time.) Because my eyes always end up drifting towards the horizon (my hopes and dreams), I can become discouraged far too quickly when I feel that we aren’t getting anywhere, or I can’t see where we’re heading.
I too have been longing to bloom early. However, the lessons, as well as the trials and the testing, can’t be skipped.
Sometimes I become discouraged because I let the enemy convince me that what I’m going through is all for nothing. I’m a huge horizon hopeful, but Satan enjoys raining on my parade by using his discouraging horizon hijackers to steal my hope.
Thankfully, the Lord never lets me stay there. Scripture reminds us that God fulfills the desires of those who respect Him. (Psalm 145:19)
By the way, more of that white stuff came down on Sunday, and it quickly accumulated on the ground. It’s not Spring here. It’s still very much Winter.
What those of us who want to rush God’s timing don’t understand (something I needed to see and understand for myself) is that there truly is a season for everything, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Blooming out of season just doesn’t work. As those dejected crocuses discovered, their season hadn’t come yet.
Jesus said the very same thing of Himself. He understood that things must be fulfilled in due season. It wasn’t yet time for Him to reveal Himself to the world. Because His brothers didn’t believe in Him, He told them, “For you anytime will do.” (John 7:1-6)
Early bloomers respond quickly to warm weather as their signal to bloom. We too can become focused on outward stimulus. If we aren’t fixed on the will of God, anytime will do for us as well. (So we believe.)
Jesus actions, however, were based on the will of His Father in heaven, thus, He questioned His mother Mary, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49) Jesus wasn’t looking at the horizon, He was focused on learning and growing. He was fixed on the Father.
I know that I’m in another growing season. (This should be proof enough for me that there’s more up ahead.) The Lord has been feeding me generously! Therefore, I need to stop getting so lost on the horizon, and keep my eyes fixed on the Teacher!
I can be a bit of a blockhead sometimes; I can be thick headed, but fortunately, I’m also inclined to be a bit of an egghead too, so I am thoroughly enjoying being fed this Season. (lol!) I’m also enjoying all of the time that I’ve spent with my Father in heaven! ❤
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for lots and lots of lessons! (Aka: food) ❤
“The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them.” –Psalm 145:14-19