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summer fruit

You have to love Summer. Beautiful balmy days, sunshine and beaches, lazy days and time to relax. And then there’s the food – barbeques,  Frappuccino and gelato, not to mention the beautiful summer fruits. Succulent nectarines and apricots, juicy peaches and berries – strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries! And grapes. I can’t forget the grapes. Absolutely love them! At this time of year, the vines are laden with them.

There’s one grapevine in particular that I keep a close eye on. At my parents house my Father has lovingly planted and nurtured one. Gorgeous, mouth-watering, deep velvet coloured grapes.  So over this time of year my visits to my parents tend to increase in frequency as I scout out how the grapes are ripening. And then inevitably I can wait no longer and I succumb and reach for a grape, not yet ripe, but almost….!

I should have learnt my lesson by now. A still partly green grape is sour and hard, and not juicy and definitely not as delicious as the perfectly ready and ripe ones are! Sure enough too in time the grapes ripen perfectly and I get to enjoy them.

Fruit out of season does not taste good! Even if its’ potential is good it is still unpleasant. It’s worth waiting just a little longer for that perfectly ripe fruit. Same with life – whatever you’re waiting for, God’s timing is perfect and worth hanging out for. Whether it’s a spouse, a new job, ministry, a new opportunity, know that God has it all under control!

 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7)


Tides

A mountain of washing to sort and fold was before me. Feeling somewhat overwhelmed, I decided to watch something on TV at the same time as a distraction. A Nature programme is not normally something I’d choose. If I am going to watch any nature related programme. it better have Bear Grylls in it. Nonetheless, it was only thing that grabbed me and which I subsequently enjoyed. I think it might have had something to do with the calm, serene voice of the narrator, which I probably needed! It seems no matter what is going on in the show, the Narrator calmly explains what is happening, without sense of panic as to what is taking place. He was I thought, rather detached as he described the little hermit crab frantically scrambling for cover from the Octopus chasing it.

The Nature programme was all about how the plants, fish and other sea creatures cope with the changing tides. He described what goes on the floor of the ocean as the tide changes and my folding of the washing slowed. I began to see lessons that I can apply to my life. When the tide changes, the creatures on the sea floor are faced with a strong and overwhelming current. Rather like us being caught in a tropical storm. But the creatures have adapted to survive in the strong pull of the tide. From knowing it’s warning signs and burrowing down for safety, or like the seeds, allowing the current to take it further afield. The life on the seabed is very aware of the rhythm of the tide and adapts accordingly. Even the Orcas and Stingrays who use the tides as a tool to hunt for food must stay aware, for if they ignore the tide they will risk being stranded.

As much as the Orcas pay attention to the tide changing, we need to be aware of the season of life that we are in. When we realise the power of being comfortable in the season that we are in, we will be the most effective for God. Better to stay with the tide than end up beached on the shore. Christine Caine once wrote “every season that God takes us through has purpose.” And just as God has been meticulous in the design of the creatures on the sea bed and given them ways of coping with the strong tide turn, so too does He equips us for when the tide / season change in our lives.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

By the way, the crab did make it!


clocks

I don’t wear a watch. I use the clock on my phone but that seems to be losing time. I know the clock in my car is fast, but I keep forgetting by how much. And I’m not sure what time the one in the kitchen is keeping to. So when it came to collect the boys from school today I had no idea whether I was early / late / right on time. Looking back I realise this has been going on for sometime. It’s why I think I’m running late to work but arrive at work and realise I am actually early. With appointments to make, a schedule to keep, it’s not wonder I’ve been getting a little flustered. And yes I need to wear a watch that tells accurate time! Hmm note to self – get that replacement battery for it!

Time. We only have a limited amount each day. Certainly not enough to fritter away worrying about what time it actually is! Seconds turn into minutes. Minutes turn into hours, and hours into days. And there we have it – “like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” That sounds rather melodramatic, even a little soap operish…! But time is precious and passes whether we are watching the clock or not.

It may be obvious to quote Ecclesiastes 3:1 but it does say it in a nutshell – “There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under the Heavens.” To make the most of our days, to make the most of our times is to be aware of the season that we are in. It can be a season of pouring out and stepping up, a season of going wide, but just as easily it can be a season of sabbatical, of going deep. Our life will be a beautiful compilation of both. In following the Shepherd, we will find that He takes us on such a journey. We go through the valleys and the right paths, but He also takes us alongside quiet waters and green pastures. By being in tune with Him, by having Jesus to set the rhythm of our lives, we will find ourselves in the right season.

By the way, I should have known better. I was early to the school pickup. No matter, there’s a café right where I park the car. I’m taking that as a God ordained time out!



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