As summer fades and the autumn air kisses the leaves on the tress, turning them from bright green to hues of orange, red and yellow, a time of winter barrenness is coming. I don't like winter; primarily because everything looks dreary and dead. As hard as it is to embrace, there are seasons in my life when I feel just like the barren winter season, where everything feels dead and dried up.
Even though these barren seasons are difficult, it is a time when God can get us all to Himself and minister to our souls. The winter seasons may look desolate and dead, but that doesn't mean nothing is growing, or we will never again bear fruit. In times of outward barrenness, God wants us to be still before Him.
So often many grow inpatient, because seasons of bareness mean a time of waiting. Waiting can be the hardest thing God asks us to do; yet, on the other hand, if we understand its purpose, waiting can be the most beautiful thing God asks us to do. We think when we are in a time of waiting nothing is happening, but God is calling us into a time of rest and renewal. And when we submit to the Lord's desires, we will come out of this time ready to produce a harvest.
"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning"