Posted on 10 February 2013.
To everything there is a time and season, and to everyone there is a season of winter. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
When winter comes to your life, it will not be the first season. God will only allow winter after He has given you a refreshing spring, a great summer, and a bountiful fall. Then winter arrives.
Remember our lives are like a tree planted by the rivers of waters and even when there are no leaves on the limbs, remember our roots are deep in His Word and prophesy for our lives.
Time will cause the winter to pass and the limbs will bear leaves, the blossoms will bear fruit and more often, much fruit.
Remember into every life some rain must fall, and into every life winter must come; for the new and greater harvest. And don’t forget, “All sunshine, all the time makes for a desert.”
If your winter has been unusually long, as some winters and springs are given to be, understand that your roots grow even deeper, stronger, and more fruitful.
Sometimes our winters can be so long and severe that they do not relent until we have gone through seven of them before spring, but stand not on your limbs, but on your roots.
Stand tall even when there is no fruit on your limbs. Stand silent, deeply rooted in His word. Stand watchful, that you let not the axe man of fear, doubt, sickness, and the howling winds of accusations cut you down, or uproot you.
And ye shall be like that tree planted by the rivers of water, that shall bring forth much fruit in due season. (Psalm1:3)
Written in Honor of Mother Mary Shealy; Mother at The ATLAH World Missionary Church.
Dr. James David Manning, Pastor