be ready in season . . .

Seasons of joy, seasons of sorrow, times when the Lord is so real it seems any activity you undertake is a spiritual experience.

Seasons of dryness, when things are so bleak that even a plateful of Sinai sand would be considered a feast! And are not these seasons from the hand of God? If so, what is His goal in the matter? He is taking you to that place where you can be a man for all seasons. Where seasons don’t faze you . . . no, not even the glorious ones. An old apostle said it so well to a young man, ‘Be ready in season, be ready out of season.’

We are all very subject to seasons; yet these seasons are there to eventually make us seasonless. There is only one way you are ever going to learn to triumph over all seasons, and that is to go through each and every season . . . many times. When you can reckon the sound of abundant rain and the hot blowing of a dry spell exactly the same, then you will be nearing the land of maturity.

Quoted from Celtic Daily Prayer (but originally from The Inward Journey by Gene Edwards)

2 thoughts on “be ready in season . . .

  1. I began to write that I have been over used to seasons of dryness – but I caught myself short. Seasons which were dry in some ways were fruitful in others. There have been some very taxing times, but most had their own well springs, their blessed oasises. It comes easily to me to be surrounded by the love of family and friends – but any kind of worldly happiness scares me – however much in truth I yearn for it. Is it the fear of having it then losing it? Or what? Many thanks for a piece which has set me reflecting – and indeed blessing God that I did track the fault in my ‘puter down to an ill plugged cable!

  2. I’m so pleased you found the post helpful, Rosemary. It really resonated with me too (obviously – otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it!). I particularly connected with the idea of going through every season many times to eventually become seasonless. I feel a long distance from that ‘land of maturity’ but as you said, there are often well springs and oasises in the dry spells if only we are open to that possibility and are able to recognise them. So easy to say, so much harder to do. . .

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