Study with Sara-Seasons of Life

Are you grieving over the end of Summer?
Are you missing the joy of planning for Autumn?
Does the thought of Winter give you dread?
Does the Beauty of Spring make you sneeze?

“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 (NIV)

I love the month of July offering us the feeling of summer, the smells of the watermelons, cantaloupes, and the taste of fresh vegetables. The beaches are in full bloom for sun and fun.

It is so easy to relax and forget that I must stay steady with the planting of seeds for Autumn. For ‘due season’ will come and I want to see the pumpkins and the corn and other colorful and bountiful beauty that will even put a spring garden to shame.


Then the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas attracts my attention and I at times forget all else, except how to mange with cold and snow. Maybe I should ask myself what makes an ordinary garden a special winter garden for me? My garden appears at a time when everything else in the winter landscape is dull , or for some of us white with snow and ice? Brown is an interesting color that tells a special seasonal story as well, so I should think aloud and plant a tree.

Paul in his letter addressed to a group of churches in our study scripture reminds us, ‘do not become weary in doing good, for in due season, you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.” What a promise, we will reap the harvest if we stay active. Good seeds bring good harvests, bad seeds bring bad harvests.

What should we be doing during the planning times of our seasons? 2) During the growing time? 3) During the harvest time?

Our lifetime is our seedtime, yes, we are in seasons of life and we would do well to review our attitudes, emotions, words, time, work and play. His Harvest is a guarantee. Are we planting seeds in every season of life?

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8 thoughts on “Study with Sara-Seasons of Life

  1. Are we planting seeds in every season of life?

    After reading the blog I would have to answer that we are continually planting seeds which may be good or bad. As Sara points out, ‘sowing bad seeds produces a bad harvest.’ For example Prov 6:19 tells us that the Lord hates it when someone sows seeds of discord among the brethren. Conversely, sowing seeds of unity among the brethren is like precious oil. (Ps 133:1,2)

    Sowing seeds of wisdom will produce a harvest of righteousness (James 3:13-18). Sowing seeds to the flesh reaps corruption (Gal 6:8). Sara asked:
    What should we be doing during the planning times of our seasons? 2) During the growing time? 3) During the harvest time? My answer #1 Planning #2 Growing #3 Harvesting. But several ‘reactions’ included in the opening four questions can prevent this from happening.
    Reacting to the ending of summer by sowing seeds of grieving will grow a weed that will choke out the ability of foresight needed for reaping autumn’s harvest. Sowing seeds of dread about winter in our minds may freeze us in such fear that we will be robbed of the time and gift of this time of year to pause and plan. And winter is an important time to expend energy with creative pruning which produces flowers and fruit in summer. Not effectively managing spring ‘sneezing’ will deplete us of time and energy needed to dig and plant seeds during the growing time. It seems to apply to our everyday work and the work we must do to help harvest souls for His kingdom.
    I came across this poem by Rousseau while looking up scriptures on the web. Someone may have already shared it on The Daily Lily but I thought it related to this blog and the questions asked.

    1. Are we sowing seeds of kindness?
    They shall blossom bright ere long;
    Are we sowing seeds of discord?
    They shall ripen into wrong.
    Are we sowing seeds of honor?
    The shall bring forth golden grain;
    Are we sowing seeds of falsehood?
    We shall yet reap bitter pain.
    2. We can never be too careful
    What the seed our hands shall sow;
    Love from love is sure to ripen,
    Hate from hate is sure to grow.
    Seeds of good or ill we scatter
    Heedlessly along our way;
    But a glad or grievous fruitage
    Waits us at the harvest day.

  2. Sara,
    When I read this blog, I remembered something my grandmother use to say to me…(even before I knew what it meant). She would say, “honey, an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.” Now if we “grieve over the end of summer, miss the joy of planning for Autumn, dread winter, and sneeze at the thought of Spring”, are we being idle in our minds? Please read with me, the footnotes for 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15. “Some people in the Thessalonian church were falsely teaching that because Christ would return any day, people should set aside their responsibilities, quit work, do no future planning, and just wait for the Lord. But their lack of activity only led them into sin. They became a burden to the church which was supporting others, and they became meddlers. These church members may have thought that they were being more spiritual by not working, but Paul tells them to be responsible and get back to work. Being ready for Christ means obeying him in every area of life. Because we know that Christ is coming, we must live in such a way that our faith and our daily practice will please him when he arrives.”

  3. What excellent answers Needles and Debi gave to these penetrating questions posed by Sara. I love Rousseau’s poem. Sounds like he had been reading the Book of Proverbs.
    How do we “plan” a “planting”?
    Paul warns us in Gal. 6:7.
    “Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows that’s what he’ll reap.” How do we plant a garden that will yield abundant fruit? Do we plant in fertile soil or do we just sow our seed to the wind and hope for some kind of a yield? Or do we engineer and design our gardens
    like the Lord God does in Isaiah`28:23-29. Our God knows how to plant a crop. This is how HE instructs through Isaiah. “Listen and hear my words. Does he who plows for sowing, plow continually? Does he keep preparing the soil on and on after it is smoothed out? NO! When the soil has been leveled doesn’t he then cast the dill and the fennel seed and scatter cummin and barley IN ITS INTENDED PLACE? And he TRAINS each of them CORRECTLY for his GOD instructs and teaches him the correct process for planting each type of seed. For dill is not threshed with a sharp threshing instrument, but beaten off with a staff; nor is a cartwheel rolled over cumin
    but with a rod, by hand. Does one crush bread grain? No but when he has driven his cart & horses over it, he scatters it up to the wind without having crushed it, so that the chaff is blown away.
    This comes from the Lord of hosts Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom and effectual workings.”
    Amazing, but this is not only a practical lesson in how to plant seed, but a spiritual one as well. Our GOD knows exactly how and when to plant seed and designs and engineers HIS garden and its intended crops in exactly the right way. Horticulturists will study and do great research on the latest innovations in gardening and plant raising but our GOD Who made the garden and the seed knows how to plant and how to sow.
    That’s why the WORD of GOD in PROVERBS and ALL the Books give us a pattern of sowing and reaping because our GOD is not only the GOOD SHEPHERD but HE IS THE GOOD FARMER.
    He sowed Jesus into the WORLD and is harvesting the great BODY OF CHRIST.

  4. Are you grieving over the end of summer? Are you missing the joy of planning for autumn? Does the thought of winter give you dread? Does the Beauty of Spring make you sneeze?

    Oh my answer would be kind of. What a wonderful retreat,how much fun, what indepth teaching. Now the work begins. The planting and watering was done and now growth and harvest are ahead. If we look at Proverbs 6:6 it says
    6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. In Exodus 34:21 (New International Version it says 21 “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest. (Rest in the Jesus, counting your blessings one by one.)
    Thus I must work on what I learned and apply it, thus the season of planting is over and the season of growth must occur and the joyous season of fruits harvested should come forth. What bowls of fruit will be carried into the next retreat, which represents harvest?
    What should we be doing during the planning times of our seasons? 2) During the growing time? 3) During the harvest time
    According to Philippians 3:12 Paul says we must press on towards the goal. 12. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
    15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

    Thus we must work on what God gives us to work on for this session and press on until we get our portion for this session and until the next session of planting, growth, harvest until Jesus comes. According to Proverbs 22: 7 In everything (we do in our pressing forward) we should set an example (while growing by doing what is good… show integrity, seriousness.

    In reading a commentary on this, I read:
    “In the months before his execution by the Nazis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, who was against the Nazi movement wrote: “I fear that Christians who stand with only one leg upon earth, also stand with only one leg in heaven.” His concern was for Christians who had disengaged themselves from the world, who could stand by and watch atrocities committed as if the Christian message or individual Christian responsibility had no bearing whatsoever upon earthly affairs.
    The fact of the matter is that the Christian faith intends full engagement in the world. Certainly the origin of this new life is otherworldly. Certainly Christian values are not those of the world. Certainly Christian hope takes us beyond this world. But it is in this world that God has called Christians to live, and it is this world’s inhabitants that Christians must reach with the gospel. Engagement of this kind requires Christian credibility and participation in the life of the world.”

    Thus during all seasons, we must be fully engaged in the Christian life in the workplace and wherever we go. According to Isaiah if we put our hope in the LORD in all sessions, He will renew our strength. We will soar on wings like eagles; we will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint. Thus we are fully equipped to climb the ladder to Jesus and wherever we are on that ladder (whatever season) we must work like the ant, diligently and tirelessly, pressing on towards the goal being filled with integrity, credibility, and seriousness. Jesus extends his grace to each one of us and may it be said at heaven’s gate, “Well done my child, enter in, Jesus is awaiting your arrival.”

  5. 1. What should we be doing during the planning times of our seasons?…not become weary but plan and plant good seeds to grow…
    2. During the growing time?…take care of and water and furtilize the seedlings that were planted..
    3. During the harvest time?,,rejoice and give priase for the harvest and share and start planning for the next season….(spiritual and natural)…
    Needles..my mom and grandmother also would say (and mom still says) “An idle mind is the playground for the devil, so get busy and do what youre told”….
    Im thnking we had better plant some good seeds and keep busy…so no devil will be playing in our minds….getting us unfocused….
    there was a story about a cricket and an ant…the ant worked in the right season doing the right things but the cricket just enjoyed the seasons not doing necessary things like planting and storing and preparing and taking care of busines while enjoying…he just enjoyed spring summmer and early fall….but when winter came ….he wasnt ready and had no food…(sort of reminds me of the 10 virgins)….seems like we can enjoy each season but like Paul is teaching us…..use wisdom…….right?…dj

  6. As a child like Needles and Dorothy my mothers would also say, “The devil’s playground is an idle mind.” Thinking about this as a child I would panic and think that I would have to be busy all the time. There was no way I wanted anything of the devil. One of the definitions of idle is spend time doing nothing, not occupied, or lazy. I asked God about this, because I know that I need to be still and know that God is God. I know that sometime you have to be still and hear his soft voice of instruction. This morning as I was reading from the Message in Romans 6 it became clear. As Romans reads, it says:
    “As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end. But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise? A whole, healed, put-together life right now with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”

    So idle is not thinking about God or caring about him or his people. It is also not listening to God the director of our lives who came to set us free from sin.

  7. When we think of the long, cold winter some of us dissolve into GLUM! We bemoan the fact that the spiritual high of Christmas where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, passes too quickly and here we are again;snow shovel in hand and teeth chattering. Wasn’t it so much better in the Spring, or the Summer with the nest of robins in the boughs or butterflies touching lovely blooms? You can’t plant in Winter!! You can’t move the Azalea bushes or re-sod the lawn. You can’t plant carrots or potatoes or really sow anything in the dead of winter snows. But this CAN and MUST be a season of PLANTING! Listen to what Paul tells Timothy in 2Tim. 4:2, “Herald, preach the Word at all times. Keep your sense of urgency at all times, be at hand and at the ready. Whether the opportunity seems favorable OR UNFAVORABLE; whether it is convenient or inconvenient. (whether it is snowing or blowing or howling) “Whether is is welcome or UNWELCOME. You as a preacher are to show the people where there is wrong, Encourage, rebuke, admonish, exhort, teach ‘IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON’ being unflagging and inexhaustible and patient in teaching.( and sowing). There is the planting of the Word of God for all seasons. AND we will reap if we faint not.
    Old Man Winter might think he has the upper hand but our JESUS sits at the RIGHT HAND of the FATHER in HEAVEN and that’s the only UPPER HAND WE CARE ABOUT!

  8. Thanks for the words of encouragement. All of you have helped me to enter into the joy of embracing each season of beauty.

    I have shopped for fall Birthday gifts and cards. Started my Christmas list. Purchased a few items to keep warm in winter.

    Summer has been a great season of growth for me. Now I am busy with Autumn. Autumn is a season for storing, like the squirrels storing their food in the eaves of my house. I have found some Eucalyptus to fight the airborne viruses. I have stocked up on Cinnamon to comfort my autumn chills and help my circulation. Already begging Gary to make his delicious chill to freeze for my lunches to give me energy for an afternoon outing.

    I remembered that Winter is a season for rest and smelling the essences of pine and thyme and ease my winter aches, so store-up I did.

    I hope all of you will join me in the season of Autumn of ‘building our strengths and nourishing ourselves mentally and physically.

    Again, my thanks to each of you for encouraging me with lots of help to leave my grieving over summer and enjoy my Autumn.

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