Seasons

Here it is, less than a week after the shortest day in the southern hemisphere, and, apart from a few frosts, followed by beautiful days, it is hard to believe that it is winter.
Wandering around my garden, and I’ve just seen several plants that have been ‘fooled’ by the warm spell we have been having lately. The jonquils and forsythia are flowering very early, but it’s the camellias that I feel most sorry for. They are flowering way too early, and soon their flowers and well developed buds will feel the bite of a predicted cold front coming through. Maybe when it comes to spring, and we expect them to flower, the buds will be too frosted to open!
I couldn’t help but think more about these plants. Here they were, waiting for their ‘proper season’, and yet the Lord required them to bloom much earlier than they expected to. BUT, they were READY!
I often try and predict when the seasons should start and finish, when certain flowers will bloom, what is the best and most settled month for travelling in, etc. but how often am I wrong? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell me that there is nothing I can do about the weather. It rains, snows, blows or scorches, just when God wants it to, not when I want it. The day’s weather is nothing we can change.
However, am I waiting for the ‘right season’ to do my ‘real’ work for the Lord? Do I think that the atmosphere to witness to a certain person is ‘too cold’? Am I trying to be God, dictating the seasons in my life, as to when I’ll do what?
I try and reason things out, but, it’s like the quote on my mother’s fridge door which says, ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’. Even although that was supposed to be referring to the coming of Jesus at Christmas, it still applies to any other time.
There are a couple of verses in the Bible about ‘seasons’, that are especially interesting. Daniel 2:20,21 says, “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: and He changes the times and the seasons.” God does not ‘work to rule’, He has His own timing for everything!
We are not able to predict when our season on earth is about to finish, but in 2 Tim. 4:2 we are told to, “be instant in season, out of season”. In other words, BE READY!
The Amplified version says, “Stand by, be at hand and ready, whether the opportunity seems favourable or unfavourable, whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it be welcome or unwelcome, you, as preacher of the Word, are to show people in what way their lives are wrong…..correcting them….and encouraging them, being inexhaustible in patience and teaching.”
Just as the flowers in my garden were prepared to bloom when required, I must remind myself that I need to be ready to do the Lord’s work, in season, or out of season.

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