I love all the changing seasons...well almost all. I love how spring brings new life with budding trees and plant life. I love summer because of the long and warm days. And fall is beautiful with the leaves changing color. Winter though is my least favorite time of year. For one, I hate cold temps and would much rather be in the warm summer sun. The days are shorter and darkness fills the sky and makes everyone want to go to sleep way earlier than one should. But another reason is it's a time of dormancy and death for a lot of plant life. Everywhere you look is barren with no life. There is no beauty (with the exception of when it snows) in it and it's kinda depressing to look everywhere and see no life.
Anyone living in the northern part of the world understands and I realize that some places are so much colder than where we live. But as I was thinking on this, and well to be honest, complaining about it in my own mind, I realized that the changing seasons are not just part of the lives of plants around us but are a huge part of our lives as well.
Fall is a time of pruning and shaking off the old things in our lives letting them fall to the ground. This process is not usually fun and usually leads us into the winter part of our lives where we face death and dormancy in our life. There we have to decide if we will let it overcome us or if we will push through to the spring of our lives which produces new life and growth. Once we start growing it leads to the summer where it flourishes. Once summer is over we start the pruning and harvest season all over again. This process is just part of life. We are always learning and always growing IF we allow God to prune us and cut out the "junk" in our lives.
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. (John 15:1-2 NLT)