I don’t know about you, but autumn is my favorite season. I love watching all the trees change color; the red, orange, yellow, green, and brown colors. The smells that surround from leaves falling, knowing that even though the leaves are dying there will be new ones next year. The aroma of spices that arise; cinnamon, pumpkin, and apples. The crops in the fields coming down, the cooler weather…I am fully aware of the next season and not the biggest fan since my body is always cold and has a hard time.
I really enjoy making memories with the family by going to an apple orchard that has pumpkins, peaches, raspberries, and of course apples. We enjoy picking the fruit ourselves, tasting it, and watching the other families that are there too. We have been to the same orchard for five years now. One reason we keep returning is because they make the yummiest home-made apple cider slushies. We purchase apple cider, but it does not last long in our home. A couple years back they had gotten a really bad frost and lost the peach tree harvest. This year our family was told that the orchard only received 30% of the apple harvest. This saddens my heart for the trees and for the fact that we weren’t able to get any apples that we usually buy.
I am reminded in Matthew 7:16 “By their fruit you will recognize them.” Sometimes trees will go through a season where the harvest is either slim or none. Ever felt like this is you? Are you in a season where you feel like your harvest is little or none? Is anyone seeing any fruit from you? Are you feeling frustrated that you are not having much harvest? Do you feel like your tree has had a bad frost? Sometimes we may go through seasons in our life where we may not see any fruit produced. Maybe you start wondering if God is distant, or where he is at, or if you are on his path still.
James 4:8, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” We can always turn to God, asking Him for a pruning that will help us to produce (better, more tasteful, more pleasing to the eye) fruit in the next season. We can also ask God to strengthen us during this season. God is a God of restoration.
Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul.” One way he can restore is through “Rest”.
Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Maybe your life is like the tree and has been burdened by the weather. The leaves have to fall off when the area they are attached to becomes weak (weary). Then the branch receives rest so that it can reproduce (be restored) for the following season.
Two things to remember is:
1. It is important for our bodies to receive rest: it helps us to recharge, focus, and receive strength.
2. It is required. God rested on the 7th day. (Genesis 2:2) We are to live like Jesus. (1 John 2:6)
Allow God to restore your soul.