This time of year always leaves me in awe. The awakening of plants that burst forth with blooms, leaves that cover the branches of mighty shade trees, grass that turns green and velvety. We Ohioans wait for this for months on end and when it’s arrives, we rejoice!!
Just like the Ohio weather, we too go through seasons in life. What we think is the end of one thing, is actually just the beginning of another. Like my plants in the fall, when the climate changes from warm to bitter cold and our snow can be measured in feet, what were once beautiful plants, wither away. What was green and beautiful turns brown and lifeless. It’s a depressing time when blue skies turn to an overcast gray and long winter days set it, stealing with it all of the beauty of summertime.
I have experienced this in my own life. I’ve felt stagnant, lifeless, depressed. I felt dormant. There is a big difference in being still and being stale. I have had times in my life where I felt like God wasn’t doing anything. It’s like He wasn’t even listening! I was pursuing Him, seeking Him and praying, yet I felt like He wasn’t answering. I’d be frustrated because I was doing everything I knew to do and I wanted more from Him. The harder I’d seek the farther away He felt.
I realized, we were simply having a miscommunication. I was an impatient, nagging kid, He was a patient, loving Father. He insisted that I needed to wait. Waiting is hard! I don’t have patience to wait, I like to be busy, I like to “help” God. However, sometimes He seeks obedience by having us wait. God doesn’t require my “help”, He requires my obedience. He requires waiting.
Those times I didn’t feel God moving, when I didn’t feel like I was being productive, when I thought I was just sitting there lifeless; God was working. Just like a movie director has to put the set together before they start filming a scene; all the pieces need to be in place, the set has to support the scene being shot so everything falls into place and makes sense. The director does a ton of work behind the scenes before shouting “quiet on the set… ACTION!” and the film starts rolling. Well, God is the same way. He’s the director of my life, He sets the scene, He calls the shots, and He shouts “action” in HIS timing. It’s my responsibility to wait on Him and let Him tell me when it’s time.
Why does God sometimes require us to be dormant? He tells us to “be still.” When I am still, I can hear that still, small voice of His. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, doesn’t rule with a booming voice, He is quiet. So quiet in fact, we need to be still and be quiet in order to even hear Him. We must tune in with undivided attention, leaning in towards Him to listen intently.
Being dormant is not a bad thing when that is what God is asking you to do. You have to remember that His timing is perfect and He may be working in other people’s lives to “set the scene” of when you enter the stage and paths are about to cross. He was hard at work during that “dormancy” when you needed to remain still.
Every spring I am reminded of the beauty that God creates. When plants that once were brown and withered are given new life and return to beautiful colors. That the soil that was frozen solid can once again support plant life, which in return, gives us bountiful crops. That the ruler of heaven and earth, the one who created mountains and tells the stars when to shine, is the same ruler that creates the most delicate flowers that smell heavenly. That which was dormant has sprung to life once more.
If you have a time in your life where you feel like nothing is happening, keep the faith, this is just a season you must go through. He is working faithfully on your behalf to make everything beautiful in its time, just as Ecclesiastes 3:11 says.
It’s ok to be still, it’s not ok to be stale. Even those plants, in the dead of winter are not stale, they are being still. They are waiting for God to create the perfect environment, the perfect timing for them to come forth from the ground. They wait for His cue, when the stage is set, when the time has come, it happens just as it was meant to! We must do the same. What are you doing to cultivate the soil you are currently in? Are you nurturing your spiritual life, giving it roots, forming a firm foundation in spiritual soil?
When we feel dead inside or feel like we are withering away lifelessly, remember, 2 Corinthians, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!!
And that new you is positively stunning, my dear!
Your “Cyster” in Christ,