Spring arrives this month, the Season of growth and renewal, of transition from the dead and dormant to life and fruitful abundance. As individuals, we go through these transitions just as businesses go through life cycles. If you’re not growing, you’re dying, and sometimes, events transpire so quickly that either can happen in the blink of an eye.
I’m reminded of The Boston Marathon bombings just this week, and of Author/Pastor Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life) who just lost his son to suicide this month. When the world is literally exploding in bloom and birth all around you, explosions of shock and grief are all the more permeable. Thankfully, Nature always takes the initiative to make things better, life renews, the sun stills rises and the rain falls to nurture.
My thoughts return frequently to a quote from Rick Warren that I’ve kept close in recent years:
“You always reap in a different season than you sowed. You sow in one season and then you reap the benefit in another season. You can go plant a seed today, dig it up tomorrow, and there will be no difference. But if you let it settle, slowly it will grow and produce. That’s the faith portion of the waiting period in God’s economy.”
Where is the patience needed for the time between planting and reaping? We want everything NOW. We want a full bed of flowers, a fully formed tomato, the house built in record time. We want to short circuit childhood to be adults. We don’t want to take the time to experience the journey of waiting and the lessons it teaches. And then, there comes a day when it’s the season to prune, to rid of dead growth, to enable more abundance. Pruning is ugly, often painful and requires change and discipline…more grown-up traits we rushed through childhood for. As adults we want no part of it. We hate change and that’s a shame because it’s the nature cycle of life. See WAIT!
“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy. We can none of us step into the same river twice, but the river flows on and the other river we step into is cool and refreshing too,” W. Somerset Maugham.
“People wait. They wait for the elusive day when they’ll finally have enough time (guess what? – you never will), enough education (there’s always more to know), enough money (no matter how much you make, someone will always have more) . . . People wait until that fateful day when they wake up and realize that while they were sitting around paying dues, earning their keep, waiting for that elusive ‘perfect time’ their entire life has passed them by,” The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton.
What seeds have you sown that you are reaping now? What are you waiting to reap? What nurture are you gifting to what is already planted? Does it have the air and space and food to grow on its own? What are you rushing to pull from the ground before it’s fully grown? What seeds are you sowing to reap in years to come? What will be left behind when your Season is over?
I sow these seeds as food for thought for all of us….
~From the desk of Becky Morlok~Share with a Friend or Colleague