Seasons are manifested in the physical realm like when the air gets cooler and the leaves start to change color in the fall. They are also manifested in the unseen spiritual realm within our soul and spirit. We will all walk through these seasons of the unseen in our lives. Those seasons of depression or grief. Those seasons of overwhelming stress or physical sickness. Even seasons of anger, guilt and torment.
These would all be categorized under the Winter season when things are cold and things seem dead. But God in his infinite mercy and love is always with us, calling to move out of winter and into spring and the new life we have with Him.
Today is the first day of fall. It is the time of the seasons changing that I am most reminded of the verse from Jeremiah 17:7-8 when the Lord says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
This analogy of being like a tree is mentioned throughout the Bible. Here is a list of some of those verses: (Look them up here)
- Psalm 1:3
- Job 14:7
- 1 Chronicles 16:33
- Matthew 7:17
- Colossians 2:7
- Psalm 52:8
- Proverbs 3:18
- Isaiah 61:3
- Ezekiel 17:24
- Luke 6:43-45
- Hosea 14:8
- Proverbs 11:30
- Psalm 92:12
- Ezekiel 47:12
- Matthew 3:10
- Isaiah 55:12-13
- Song of Solomon 2:3
We Are Like Walking Trees
I heard recently from a friend of the existence of what is called “The Walking Tree”. It is a tree that can be found in the jungle regions and it literally walks. It is a slow walk over time but scientists have studied this tree and it does indeed move itself from one place to another. We are walking trees and what Jesus did to the blind man at Bethsaida shows this.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. when he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Mark 8:22-26
Jesus purposefully chose to heal this blind man in steps and in those steps he wants us to see that indeed we are like trees. We can walk to the Living Water of Jesus and have our spirit and soul nourished and satisfied.
Becoming the Tree By the Water
So if we are called to be like trees planted by the water and have our leaves stay green, how are we to do this? The number one thing to remember is it isn’t how are “we” or how am “I” to do it? It is always God the Creator, Sustainer and Provider of all things who will gives us what we need in that unseen realm of our soul and spirit. We can remain by the Living Water and not turn and walk away when the heat of day comes or the long days of drought are upon us. It is through His strength and His guidance and our submission to and worship of Him.
The apostle Paul came to this point in his life. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Despite the physical ailment he was suffering from physically which the Bible doesn’t specify, he knew that God was working through him even in his weakness. He could have gone into the self-pity, angry or depressed winter season but instead, he chose to keep his focus on the One who loved him and His truth.
If your in a season of winter and feel like you’ve been there a long time or can’t move out of it, there is hope. The things that are cold can be warmed by the fire of the Holy Spirit and the things that seem dead can be nourished again by the Living Water of Jesus and bud and blossom with new life. Many times we need help to get moving out of a winter season and learning the practice of staying in the spring, summer and fall seasons when we are growing, flourishing and producing a harvest of righteousness. Seek a godly friend, pastor or Christian counselor and allow God to work through them to help you out of “your” winter.
Contact me today if you need help to get out of “your” winter.