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Winter, scenic landscapes and placid evenings, these are the moments of waning sunlight, tailor made for some restful hibernation. But I tell you now is the time for planning not dormancy, it's a time to question and challenge our growth in spirit and faith. If we look around us at the great outdoors; along the horizon and at nature's dwelling we see that the birds have dwindled in number and may have even brought those who like the snow, the squirrels have taken to their warm lairs in the trees and the tree has gone to sleep for the winter, or has it?
Those trees with their leaves of green, have had their fill of days basking in the warm sun of spring and summer, no longer caressed by those warm rays of light and kissed by the gentle breezes, they have been propelled into cooler evenings and shorter days. With this change of weather, the family of deciduous trees have risen well to the occasion and have put on their best clothes. They have wrapped themselves in array of colorful garments, that alas will not last longer than a month, maybe two.
Everything changes and most seasonal change returns to a state of original vigor and liveliness, but not everything remains as it once was. The bird's numbers increase, as do the animals, a time of abundant growth springs forth from apparent lifelessness. We can learn so much from the world around us, from the nature we live in.

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther

Does everything actually go dormant? We don't stop going to our jobs in winter, nor do we cease to entertain company for the holidays, why should we stop building our relationship with God. What can we do to enrich our lives, to further our growth when we only feel like sleeping? I say we must dig in, into the scriptures that is and discover what has and what has not been helping us to grow in our faith and in our relationships with God. Did you know that even though the trees have lost their leaves they continue to grow? It is in their roots they continue to live, that this focus of growth has shifted downwards and to the core beginning of their life, paints a perfect picture where we must continue to build our lives of faith, we must grow from the root as well.
Remember the parable of the mustard seed, do you recall how such a small seed could become such a great and flourishing plant? As large as a tree it will grow, large enough that birds of the air would nestle in it's branches. Here's another; the parable of the sower, seed scattered on a trodden path, upon rocky ground, among the thorns, or on fertile ground, I'm sure you recall which fared better. My point is both these parables have a common thread, in order for there to be any real growth, their had to be a place for the root to take hold and then to sustain life, it needed to grow from it's root.

I am there with you right now, in that lull, in those planning stages to deepen my spiritual relationship.Then, like the mustard plant, or the seed that falls on fertile soil I will take root, hopefully offering a place for others to come rest as a comfort station, as a mouthpiece and co-worker with Christ to spread His gospel.
If we go back, we can dig deeper into the scripture, like the roots of those seemingly dormant trees, we can continue to grow deeper in our relationships this winter. Have you ever seen a movie more than once? It's amazing how we always seem to find a part we've missed in those shows. This is what it could be like when we dig deeper into the Bible, like growing from our roots, stronger, wiser and able to support others as well as ourselves.

Perhaps winter may not just be a season, maybe it's a point in your life, a time, or a feeling of stagnation. The Bible is right there, it's words will endure forever and they are waiting for you to tap into them, like a root moves towards water and in our case, Living Water. Rejuvenate and refresh, your spirit and your soul dig in and grow.

Isaiah 11:1-3,10 (NIV)

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;

10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

What's not to like, it grows on you

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