Our serving the Lord is like the seasons of nature or the seasons of our lives. Some of us are in the springtime of life. Some enjoy the season of summer or the beauty of fall colors. Some of us are facing the winter season of rest. So too, is our seasons of serving.
We toil in the spring to break up fallow ground. We plant, water, and weed so that our crops will be bountiful. We protect the tender plants from sudden frost. Spring is when we see the bursting of new life. In our Christian service, we see the same thing. We experience the pain of the Lord breaking up our fallow lives. We keep others and ourselves in prayer as our newfound faith springs up and grows. We may see a period when frost or drought or storms try to destroy that faith but the Lord covers us with grace and mercy.
We will have times of winter when there seems to be no growth, times when we feel as if we are sitting on a shelf of uselessness. The Lord, Himself, took time out to feed His Spirit with communion with His Father. He took time apart from His ministry to refuel. Perhaps when the Lord puts us on a shelf, it is so that we too can be refueled.
Some plants must be pulled from the earth to rest so that when replanted in the spring they will burst forth with strength and beauty. Trees lose their leaves in late fall. The sap drains back to the roots and the limbs rest from their labors. When spring returns and the warmth of the sun once more triggers growth, they will bring forth new, healthy leaves.
When the Son of God once more warms us with a renewal of His ministry, we will be refreshed and ready to spring back into action. Take the winter time of rest to seek the Lord and bask in the warmth of His word. He loves you and delights in you. Delight in Him. Sit at His feet and learn of Him. When it is time to take up His yoke, you will be refreshed and prepared to better serve Him.