In Due Season

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Where I live, oranges are ready for picking around Christmas time.

Of course, there are other crops that are in season then, as well as many in October and November.

There are berry picking farms in my area.

Even corn fields.

One thing is worth noting—

No matter how hard we would want it to happen, the oranges aren’t going to be ready to eat three months earlier than normal.

The berries aren’t going to be ripe enough to eat three months before their time, either.

The corn isn’t good until each stalk has had the proper time to mature.

The Bible has this to say in the book of Galatians:

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

—Galatians 6:9

Farmers can’t give up on their crops before the appointed time of their maturity.

They just have to trust that in time, they will see the fruits of their labor.

It’s that way with us.

We just can’t give up….

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A Season

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The birds were lined up in a row on both rungs of a street light.

A single bird was flying off in the distance.

Had he just left the crowd?

Decided to go on to better things?

Perhaps.

If he did leave the rest behind, it might’ve taken quite a bit of bravery on his part to do so.

A few weeks ago, I attended a Bible study at the home of a dear, older woman.

Listening to her comments and to the comments of others as we contemplated a chapter in the book of Proverbs, this woman made a wise statement that went straight to my heart.

I made sure that I wrote it down, word for word, because of its great significance:

“When a season is over and you know it, you have to be brave enough to dismiss yourself from it.”

Hearing this declaration made everything stop for a moment inside my mind, forcing me to consider its significance.

For me, it seems that I get comfortable in a place or situation and to leave it for a new beginning somehow threatens to make me feel like a “quitter.”

Should I always be a member of the same club or organization?

Should I always have the same job?

Should I always take part in the same ministries or charities?

Should I always spend my time with the exact same group of friends?

It’s hard to break away from the crowd, especially when you’re comfortable on the same street light with everyone else.

But if God is leading me to a new season, I need to recognize it and fly away.

Wouldn’t you agree?

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There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens…

—Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Beautiful In Its Time

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It’s January now.

The leaves are turning brown and falling off the trees.

For most of the country that I live in, this happened a few months ago.

It appears that autumn has finally arrived, but what about winter?

There’s also another twist–

Even though the leaves are turning colors and falling to the ground, the ground is quite likely to be covered in green, as though it was spring or summer.

Since I live in a subtropical climate zone, all is as it should be.

No one is concerned.

Leaves are falling.

Plants are still blooming.

The high temperature today was probably around 84 degrees.

It’s the right time for all of that.

There’s a right time for everything, even in our lives.

God is in control of that, just as He is in control of the climate.

We can get impatient or worried because we don’t see things happening in our lives like we see in others’ lives.

If the “trees” are turning beautiful colors of red and gold in the life of someone we know, we may question why everything is still green for us.

God knows exactly what we need when we need it.

He knows when to introduce opportunities.

He knows the perfect timetable for every aspect of our journey.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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