In the spring trees bring hope as their new growth sings. Lush greenery offers peace in the summer. In the fall, their colorful collages inspires creativity. And in their emptiness, tree grace the winter with silent elegance. (Alicia Britt Chole from her book Anonymous)
More from Alicia.
In the winter, are the trees bare? Yes
In the winter, are the trees barren? No
Life still is:
The trees in the pictures has seen many seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. Every season drives it roots deeper and deeper as it abides in the creation of God's rich earth, bask in His sunshine and drinks from His rain Through the years I have not enjoyed the winter seasons as much as the other three because I failed to recognize it as a "rest time."
Alicia has this to say about the seasons. Such is the rhythm of spiritual life: new growth, fruitfulness, transition, rest...new growth, fruitfulness, transition, rest. Abundance may makes us feel productive, but perhaps emptiness has greater power to strengthen our souls.
In spiritual winters, our fullness is thinned so that, undistracted by our gifting's, we can focus upon our character. In absence of anything to measure, we are left with nothing to stare at except our foundation.
We begin to examine the motivations that supports our deeds, the attitudes that influence our words, the dead wood otherwise hidden beneath our busyness. Then a life changing transition occurs as we move from resistance through repentance to the place of rest. With gratitude, we simple abide.
What season do you find yourself in right now?