Seasons of Our Faith Day 6 – Weekly Thoughts
by Maddie and Ruth McDonald
As we have looked at each season this week, we have found in them similarities in our faith.
Spring brings new life—tender, green shoots springing up from the soil. What was dormant and dead now springs forth to life once again. In many ways, our faith, our new life in Christ, is just like this. We were once dead in our sins, but when we come to Christ we are like those new shoots of green, coming up from the rich, fertile soil we are now planted in. We have been given the proper space to thrive—but will we?
Summer is a season of nourishment. Where a seed was planted and new life shot forth, water will be required for health and successful growth. Summer can often be hot and dry, so the refreshment of rain is necessary for the plant to thrive. Our water source is the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. We need to saturate ourselves in knowing and studying both God and His Word so we can spiritually thrive. Staying close to our Water Source will keep us on the path to the next season—fall.
Oh fall. Lovely and beautiful fall. A season ripe with harvest, if spring and summer did their job. Bringing in the crops is so rewarding for the farmers, and a great payoff for their daily toil. What harvest have you seen in your faith walk? Have you seen those brought to a relationship with Christ because you followed the Spirit’s prompting to share the gospel? Have you laid groundwork for your children, so they may hunger to know Jesus personally?
Winter brings us to a time of settling in. The cold weather may force us indoors and we long for warmth. In order to prepare for the season, we must be wise. We need a heat source, warm clothing, and food to sustain us if we are stuck indoors from snow and ice. As believers, we learn things as we go throughout life; we learn how God provides faithfully for us and is present in every season—even the painful ones. We can share our wisdom with others who haven’t been around the block as many times and need to hear words of wisdom from the more seasoned saints.
All seasons are important, and each one helps us in building a legacy of faith that is solid and God-honoring. May we be well-spoken of as those we love gather to remember and mourn us. A godly legacy is an invaluable gift and one we should strive to leave behind.
Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 12:28, ESV)