Fresh Hope – 8th January 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the sun.”

Our lives go through seasons just as the year does, and each serves a purpose in God’s plan to make us who He wants us to be, and to prepare us for what He has planned in our lives
I love autumn; it is one of my favourite times of the year with the all so beautiful vibrant colours, the reds, oranges, browns and yellows. But for the plants it is usually the time when the green colour of life (chlorophyll) begins to disappear and the trees begin to shed their leaves. Likewise, we all go through this season in our lives. Every so often God begins to show us things in our lives that hinder our spiritual growth. He brings to light that which no longer feeds us spiritually. John 15:1-2 says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” This means if we heed his guidance this will prune our soul and prepare us for the growth which is to come.

Any kind of pruning is a difficult process, it might be that we are cutting off some bad habits that we have or it could be our attitude towards something. I guess trees make it seem so effortless, but this is often a difficult season which sometimes sees a great battle and if we’re not ready to make these cuts, maybe we’re not ready to give up and submit to God.

We need to know most importantly that there will be different seasons in our lives, it doesn’t matter what season we find ourselves in, I have found that drawing close to God is the answer. So let us embrace each season of our lives as a part of God’s ultimate plan, and listen to His guidance in each. In Jeremiah 29:11, we are assured -“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you hope and a future”.

While seasons shift, we serve a God who never fails, he stands forever. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

For the farmer, Autumn is also a season of harvest, so it is good to remember that we always reap what we sow, sometimes we get discouraged and wonder if the seeds we plant will ever grow, but autumn assures us that harvest day is coming “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” —Galatians 6:9

Christine Mudenha

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