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Why We Need Spiritual Autumn and WintersSaturday, September 10, 2011
photo by *~Dawn~* via PhotoRee In my last post about spiritual seasons I said I would do a little research about what happens to tre...
Leaves changing color and fluttering to the ground are probably the most obvious sign of autumn. Responding to the shortening hours of daylight, deciduous trees begin a process of self-preservation. Leaves are fragile in comparison to branches and trunks, unable to survive freezing temperatures. The tree shuts off the supply of chlorophyll (which supplies the green color). The yellows and oranges and reds are the result of other chemicals already present in the leaves, or produced during the light changes in the autumn.
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In other words, the tree senses what's coming, and begins to prepare. It stores food produced in the leaves during the summer to sustain itself, stocking up a "plant pantry" to feed upon throughout the winter. Although trees appear dead, the winter period is called dormancy. Similar to hibernation in many animals, plants are resting, relying on the food they've stored up during the spring and summer. Attempts to force growth during this season (fertilizing, for example) may actually harm the plant.
And something else is going on during those long, cold, months of winter ... the growth to come in the next spring and summer is protected and nurtured within the bud. Growth that is already prepared, already expected, already established. When "environmental conditions" are right, those buds will swell and blossom into the new life of spring.
Meanwhile, enjoy the season you're in, whatever season it may be, because God has a plan for you, and that plan is good!