There is a time and season for everything. We must know what season we are in. If you don't what season your are in this can lead to a leak in your joy tank and unfulfilled expectations. For me as a mother of very young children, I am in a season of planting. In this season I must be diligent about cultivating good soil in which to plant good seeds. I should be watering with Godly principles and morals, nurturing any signs of healthy growth and weeding out anything that will inhibit strong growth. In this season it is joy depleting to expect a full grown tree budding with juicy fruit and or lush foliage. I may see a bud here or there. I may even notice a bloom or two or three, etc... But overall it is planting time for me. I am encountering rocks in the soil, and in some areas of this vineyard I am seeing good moist soil. Some days I feel like the weed I thought I plucked out yesterday is full grown today and I must pluck away once again. I was planting one week and expecting beautiful blooms the next week. Silly me! No wonder my frustrations were plentiful. Thanks to The Almighty Revealing One I am seeing that my expectations are unrealistic for my season. So, for now I dig, chop, hoe and pull away. Along the way I will thank God for buds and tight baby blooms and continue in the dirty sometimes muddy season of planting. For now I put my hope in God's faithful love and attempt to shake off weariness knowing in due time I will reap a harvest.
As a wife, I am reaping the harvest of good communication, trust, sacrifice, dedication and appreciation. Ironically I am simultaneously continuing to plant seeds of emotional intimacy and vulnerability to name a few. I am learning to never leave weeds unattended in this vineyard. Uggh! A weedy garden is so unsightly and not nice to be in. On a brighter side the soil is rich and the turn around of the harvest can be swift in most areas. However, planting is always in progress and therefore there is always potential for lush fruit and breathtaking blooms.
To every thing there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we
faint not. Galatians 6:9 (KJV)