Hello my sweets! With today’s post + the beginning of SPRING, I want to take a second + talk about LIGHT+ new LIFE! After all, Spring is the ultimate season of lots of light + new life springing up from the ground. So today, at the start of this new season, I want to charge you to take a moment to think about the symbolism of SPRING + recognize that we are made fresh + new + clean. This is a brand new season + just like when we water seeds in the Springtime, out comes sprouted new greens that are vibrant + beautiful + new!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
How many of you feel like you have been planting seeds these last few months? Sometimes you feel like no work is being done in the season of planting seeds. But alas, what actually happens after seeds are planted? You water the seeds + slowly roots start to take ground. When roots are forming there is actually nothing visible to our eye. Although there are things happening beneath the surface, we may not be able to see them just yet. Do you ever feel this is what is happening in your own life?
We all crave instant gratification, this is a production of our society. But most of the time, we have to put in the good work of actually practicing discipline + patience. We need to spend the time watering our seeds before they will produce newly sprouted greens.
What I have noticied personally for my own life is that I have had to practice more + more serious discipling of habitual healthy habits [yes, discipline is my word for 2017!]. These “roots” of healthy practice slowly grow deeper + deeper over time. Eventually, waking up out of bed + praying for the first 10 minutes of my day versus checking my phone becomes my instant reaction which henceforth changes my entire attitude + outlook for the day ahead. I am not saying it is easy to grow into habits, but if we constantly set our minds on the Lord + practice discipline, our habitual habits eventually transform into our new routine + way of life. It is less of an immediate “ta-da” magic trick + more of the act of praciticing that magic trick over + over until you can finally master it [made all the more possible with our lovely sidekick, Jesus, naturally].
My discipler recently taught me about being in the “in season” versus being in the “out season”. When we are in season, the blessings seem so apparent + wonderful. These are the moments that everything seems to just be going “right”. We all LOVE being in the IN SEASON. We often wish we could only be “in season” + never out of season [kind of like how trends work in fashion, am I right?]. It feels like we are on a constant high of goodness, stand ovations all around… you never want to leave.
More often than not, however, we find ourselves in the “out season”. One thing that is certain: all of the things would not go right in the in season if it wasn’t for our time in the out season. The out season is the season of preparation + obedience with the Lord. This is the time to plant the seeds, water them, + allow them to take root. This. takes. time. Through this process, we patiently wait for the right moment until the seeds are ready to bloom. The Lord has fully readied + equipped us for what is next in the in season. Suddenly, the greens blossom into beautiful plants + flowers….our hard work pays off + the Lord is right by our side to share in the glory of this moment!
Isn’t that BEAUTIFUL?!
If you are finding that you have been in an out season, do not be discouraged. This is the time to press into the Lord to abide, delight, + dwell in Him [see blog post here]. Use this time to develop good habits + routines that set you up for true success + full bloom in the in season.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51: 10-12
All that being said my loves, with his new season of Spring, let us be encouraged that plants of new life + beauty are coming! Let’s continue to press forward shining our light + practicing patience in the out season to prepare for the beauty that awaits in the greenery of the in season!
[… I hope I didn’t lose you with all my metaphors, thank you for staying with me]. Love you all.
Photos by Kat Hennessey