Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
My friend and I were in prayer mode and we saw God answer prayers quickly. We saw and heard the Lord often. We were on a spiritual journey that kept our eyes on the Lord with what He was doing in my small hometown of Freer. Revelation, healing, prophecy, and answered prayers seemed to be the Spring Season when we could see the fruit of our labor.
But something changed. It was quiet, prayers weren't being answered as quickly, and we were feeling a bit impatient and began to fervently pray. We made time to pray for each other over the phone when we couldn't meet. But nothing. No signs, no wonder. No answer, well at least not the way we thought.
What was happening? What were we doing wrong? Why were our prayers not being heard? We got quiet and took time out. It felt like a fall season when the leaves on a tree began to change color preparing for the winter.
Then it happened! We were growing to understand that the season for us to see and hear God were not over, but rather it was a season to endure by faith what we couldn't see or hear. It was an important lesson for us both. We grew to trust God even when we couldn't see or hear like before. We just had to believe.
The spring season is just as important as the fall season. The spring reveals what has been dormant during the winter. It's beautiful, full of life, flourishing. Our prayer life can feel like that too. It is a wonderful gift to see and hear what God is doing during this time.
The fall season is a reflection of how the tree has endured a harsh summer and prepared for a cold winter. It doesn't mean the tree is going to die. It means that the roots are growing deeper, and getting nutrients to endure another year.
When you are in prayer and don't see or hear the answer right away, don't fret. You are being prepared to rest in the revelation that was given. Your spirit is being nourished deeply. Trust that the tree is not dead, it is in preparation for another season. Your prayer life is not dead, it is getting a dose of miracle grow.
No matter what season you are in, you will prosper when you are rooted and planted in the Word of God, prayer, and faith...the living water. - Gloria Nesloney December 22, 2017