So, as any persistent academic would do, I decided to get to the bottom of the issue of winter and why, in the name of all things happy, that we have to have it...why the trees lose their leaves.
Say the folks at Wisegeek.com, "Trees lose their leaves to protect themselves during the winter months, as the cold dry winds readily strip moisture through the leaves. By losing their leaves, trees can conserve their moisture in the trunk and branches, rather than drying out and dying. In addition, the leaf loss puts the tree into a state of dormancy, and greatly reduces the amount of energy that the tree needs to stay alive." (Adapted)
We can't bear fruit if we don't rest. We may produce, but will it be excellent? The cold winds of "do, do, do", and a bad attitude, will rapidly strip away the protection of the Living Water that flows through you and me; God Himself pouring a lifeblood of energy and strength into our days.
Will we leave our trunk and branches, our very foundations, to fend for themselves in the winter of stubborn ambition to "get things done". Or will we make certain to stay rested, well-nourished, and obedient until it's time to bloom? Rest up girls, the spring will be here before we know it...with more to do than we can keep up with!
Together in waiting...patiently, sort of,
1. Do you struggle with rest?
2. How are you able (or how could you begin) to make sure you get a Sabbath?
3. Have you ever burnt out or are you burnt out today? How did you, or how will you be able to slow down to keep yourself healthy?
4. How do you identify and prioritize "God things" versus "you things" when considering your to-do list?
- "Mooooommmmm, Luke's licking snow off his shoes!"
- He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. (John 15:2)
- That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
- For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)