When Jesus and the disciples came from Bethany, he was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

Mark 11:12


What Season Are You In Now?

For everything, there is a season
If we pause, lean in, and observe nature during each season
We will see change, transformation, flourishing, and renewal
All seasons have the capacity to grow us
All seasons contribute to the growth of our fruit
Our calling is consistent and persistent through the seasons

God abides in the vines,
God abides in the branches
God abides in the trees
God is the gardener of our growth
God plants us
God waters us
God prunes us
Season after season
God delights in the fruit we bear

In the church calendar,
Advent calls us to wait with expectation
Christmas calls us to celebrate
The Epiphany calls us to participate
Lent calls us to prepare
Easter calls us to restoration
Ordinary time calls us to follow
Seasons call us to discern, contemplate, to be patient and persevere

Like Kelly, you may be called from work to home
You may be called into a new space or time
You may be called to patience, perseverance, or introspection.
You may be called through prayer, contemplation, or interactions with nature
Just as the gardener, God tends us season after season
Through winter, spring, summer and fall
Our callings narrow, expand, deepen and become clear

8. SEASONS | Exploration Questions
  • What significant disruptions did you experience soon after the pandemic hit? How is Kelly’s story like or unlike what you experienced, and why?  
  • What does it mean to you that God created the world to move between seasons, and calls us into perpetual change?  
  • What fruits have you seen and experienced in this last season of your life?

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