Seasons of Waiting

I’m sure you’ve noticed in the last few days (as I have) that the temperature is finally starting to drop. I love Autumn! The shorter days, the changing colours in my garden, the amazing sunsets. Autumn won’t be with us for long, though, before the cold of winter sets in.

In my garden, winter seems to be a season of quiet, a season of waiting. The colour and fun of summer is over. The plant growth slows down. There’s less sunlight. Nature seems to be dormant, sleeping. All is still. You could be forgiven for thinking nothing is happening.

But of course, as any gardener will tell you, this is not the case. Under the ground, root growth is in full swing, preparing to take up water and nutrients when the time comes. Flower buds sit fully formed, ready to blossom, just waiting for the warmth. We may not see it, but nature is making preparations for brighter days, warmer weather and plentiful growth.

I can’t help but see a connection between winter in my garden and seasons of waiting in my own life. Maybe you’ve experienced a season of waiting, maybe you’re in it right now. You’ve cried out to God to act, to work, to fix something broken. But He seems quiet. You don’t see any change in your situation. And so, you assume nothing’s happening. God’s not working. And you begin to lose hope.

But just as winter in the garden is a time of unseen preparation for what’s ahead, maybe our waiting season is the same. We can’t assume that just because we don’t see God acting that He’s not. That is our human logic speaking. God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). He is able to do far more than we can hope or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). He moves in hearts and situations in ways we do not see.

So, don’t lose hope. Pray and believe that God, the Lion of Judah, is at work, fighting your battles and making preparations for future days.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14