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It is common for people to experience slumps, even depression, during certain times of the year. Winter particularly seems to bring on these lows, and it has been shown that many women experience a measure of depression in the fall.

I'm not sure what the reasons are for these occurrences. We know that gray skies and lack of sunshine are partially responsible. But whatever the reasons, Psalm 1:3 suggests that we are “like trees planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth fruit in season.”

Gail McDonald in High Call, High Privilege, shares that even trees don't flower and bear fruit all the time. They bear fruit “in season.” So if we have a time when we are not as productive as another time, we should be careful not to cut ourselves down for lack of fruit. It may be that it is during that season of fruitlessness that we are actually gathering the inner strength that will be necessary for the next season of bearing fruit.

Greatest Strengthening

Let's face it. It's easier to determine progress when we are bearing fruit because we can see the results in front of us. And that's wonderful! We definitely should rejoice in success, especially when it is for God's glory! But during the more difficult times when we are being whipped by the winds around us, we often experience the greatest strengthening.

We have three peach trees in our yard, and through the years, we have observed that the years that the trees don't bear fruit (usually due to an early frost) are followed by an over-abundance of fruit the following year. So even though the harsh weather prevented fruit in one season, the endurance of the tree itself became stronger and even more fruitful.

Solomon said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1. Every purpose under heaven may not include bearing fruit. Sometimes there may be a season of strengthening so that our branches will be able to hold the abundant fruit that is still ahead.

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