My usual routine most mornings is to go for a prayer walk around my area. Earlier in the week, as I went out for a prayer walk, I quickly realised how cold it was. I was just a fair bit away from my house and I had to decide whether to man up and walk it or go back home and be properly clothed. Well, the winter season won, so I decided to go back home and to put on an extra layer. As I reflected on this, I was reminded that all seasons in life (not only the weather) have conditions or demands that we would be wise to align ourselves to. Doing a good thing that isn’t in line with the season could be frustrating, time consuming and worse, may yield little or no fruits.
In Jesus’ earthly ministry, he came across a fig tree that although was not in season gave the impression as if it was. Mark narrates this in the Gospel of Mark 11:12-14. It reads,
“On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it”.
The abundance of leaves gave the impression it was in season to bear fruits, but the reality is, fruitfulness comes in the right condition and the right season.
If you are expecting fruits when it is your season of training and waiting, align yourself to the season and exercise patience. If it is the season of fruitfulness, give your all in bearing fruits and in working hard to take in the harvest. If you are in a season of transition, it would be wise to get all the information you need, but it is also ok not to know it all. It is expected in such a season to be slightly anxious, but don’t be overly anxious, because things will naturally be made clearer after transition. If you don’t know what season you are in, pray and ask God to reveal the season to you, because your knowledge of your season will determine what you do.