There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Exodus and Leviticus talk about letting the land lie fallow. Every seven years, the land was given a Sabbath. A year of rest. Some farmers still practice this, and they ‘rotate’ their crops. It gives the soil time to rejuvenate and replenish it’s mineral composition after it's been spent and used for years growing food. Land that isn’t given time to rest literally has the minerals sucked out of it resulting in mineral deficient food. Which is becoming quite a problem in our modern day and age.
It seems like our ancient friends were onto something. They let their land lie fallow every seven years, just as they let their lives do the same every seven days.
Life is seasonal. Ecclesiastes 3 anyone (There is a time for everything… V1)? And it’s not just the bible that tells us this. Nature was our first great teacher in the power of the seasons. Summer, autumn, winter, spring. Some plants thrive in summer and almost appear dead in winter, only to come alive again with the moving of the seasons.
Maybe you’re in a “fallow” season of rest and rejuvenation. Or perhaps you’re in peak season, making things happen and being super productive. Either way, submit to the seasons. Know that whatever one you’re in will pass, and a new season will come.
One season isn’t better than another, by the way. Rest is just as important as productivity. If you’re not active enough, you won’t rest well. And if you don’t rest well, you won’t be as active as you could be.
There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long. Don’t expect yourself to, either.
Written by Lizzy Milani