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Permalink 02:07:11 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], By Pam, 589 words   English (US)

Heartsong: Spiritual Seasons

Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

In my life as a Chrisitian, there have been many seasons. In the lives of all people there are seasons and I experience those seasons common to all but they are not like the spiritual seasons that I experience in Christ.

The first Spring in the life of a Christian is the moment of Salvation. All of the seasons of Christ in us hinge upon that moment and it is in clinging to the Truth of that moment that will give us safe passage through the darker months of faith. Yes, there are darker seasons of Life in Christ. Seasons that few Christians speak of but all who truly know Him will experience. Just as there is Spring there also is winter, a time when the spiritual field within us lies fallow. This is sometimes, spoken of as a crisis of faith but it is not faith that is in crisis; the crisis is in not recognizing the season. Faith is not of ourselves, it is a gift of God and though there may be times in our lives when our faith lies dormant, we can't lose our faith or the Life that is in us through Christ.


As with Spring, new life in Christ is exciting and growth is rapid and carries itself into Summer and a greater fullness of life. It is in spiritual Autumn that we harvest that which has been revealed in us and feast upon the spiritual fruits that the Spirit has born in our lives.

There is also spiritual winter, when the Spirit is not working within us with the same fervor and can easily be mistaken for abandonment by God Himself. His voice seems to fall silent and He seems not to be moving in our lives; but God is there through those times when our hearts lie fallow in deep, cold, winter. Though Life appears to have left us, it has not and cannot. It is simply waiting to reimmerge as God plants a new spiritual crop within us, with new revelation and even greater growth than in seasons past.

Spring will return and with it the necessary burning that removes all old stubble accumulated from seasons before that makes room for new growth in Chirst. The new truths that emerge from that seasonal burning are greater and more fruitful than the crop grown there before as the soil is worked and reworked in our hearts and lives and replenished during those quiet, fallow seasons.

Today, in my heart, it is spiritual winter; but I have weathered many such winters in Christ. I no longer despair at the silence but rest in it and wait for the Spring that I know will come and the burning that is my God as He burns away the stubble and makes way for a new work in me.

I look to the day that will end all of the spiritual seasons in my life. The day of final burning, when all that is temporal will no longer be needed and God's work in me will be complete. That final day when all that is mortal and corrupt in me will be consumed by the Fire that is my God and all that will remain is Christ in me. The Life that is Christ in me will be Spring Eternal.

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Comment from: Kansas Bob [Visitor] ·
Great post. Reminded me of The Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross.
Permalink 08/05/06 @ 11:02
Comment from: lisa [Member]
I was thinking the same thing, Bob, the Dark Night of the Soul. I've not read it, but I've a friend who has read it and she spoke highly of it.

Pam I like the way you put it, that it's simply winter time. You're right, most of us go through that, although we might never speak of it. Growing up, I was always told that if we went through something like that, it was because our 'faith had slipped'. It was somehow "my fault" that I was going through the silent, fallow time. And yes, sure enough, after a time of going through that (it might be weeks, a few days, or a few months) the burning of the dead debris comes, and Spring once more re-ignites my passion. I suppose different people use different wording, such as the Dark Night of the soul, our old church uses the analogy "On the mountain top (Spring)" or "Down in the valley(Winter)

Either way, one thing remains constant--Christ in us, our Hope of Glory.

Much love,
Permalink 08/05/06 @ 16:50
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hey Lisa,

Even when we are too weak to hold on, Jesus is always holding onto us. As a less mature Christian, I thought so much depended upon me and as a more mature Christian, I know that none of it depends upon me. It is Christ's work that is being accomplished in me through all of the seasons of my life and nothing can thward that good work.

I've never read that book. I'll have to check it out.

Permalink 08/06/06 @ 11:17
Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]
Hey Pam,
Believe it or not, I"ve not read the book either. I've seen a lot of talk on it, though. I remember when my friend first told me about it, I thought, "Oh no! There's nothing 'dark' about the soul once we are in the Light!!" (meaning Christ of course) but, as she talked, I realized what it meant was pretty much what you stated in your original blog here. Sometimes we go through those 'night's, but it's okay. Because of the precise reason you gave--it's dependent on Christ, not us.
Good to see you!
Love ya
Permalink 08/09/06 @ 19:45
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·

[[spoken of as a crisis of faith but it is not faith that is in crisis; the crisis is in not recognizing the season]]

I totally agree. No sooner then we recognize that the deadness and silence has nothing to do with us ... and that God is near as ever ... have I moved time and time again from many a cold dark winter (before long).

Permalink 08/28/06 @ 13:42
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hi Trent,

With the ripening of faith in our lives comes the knowlege of experience and that knowlege gives us assurance through the uncertainty of a new winter. When one is certain of the arrival of Spring, the Winter seems less deadly. Jesus is that assurance of Spring when we face yet another spiritual Winter in our lives.

Permalink 08/30/06 @ 22:13

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