It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 29, Book 15

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.


October 29 - a season to be dormant 

Here in Ohio where I live, this is the time of year when plants defy death by remaining underground until it is safe to come out again. Before the snow comes and the ground freezes, they let go of their beautiful blooms and retreat to a place where they can rest and save energy for the next growing season. Contrary to the way it looks, they are not dead; they are dormant. When the snow melts and the ground thaws, they will again lift their heads toward heaven, greeting their Creator with brilliant colors and sweet fragrances

The seasons of life require that we sometimes enter a period of dormancy. We are not dead, but we may feel we’ve become invisible. During such times we may feel useless.  It takes  a lot of patience and humility to get through a time of dormancy. Most of us desire to be productive at all times so we can get ahead in our lives. 

The season of dormancy is necessary for restorative rest and time to refocus our goals.  We need to create time for our own rest and dormancy in order to bloom again.  It’s a time to care, to rest and conserve our energy. A time think about  what ideas we want to nourish and germinate so that they grow strong and healthy in the next season of growth.


betty said...

This past year I've been in a bit of a season of dormancy; usually I'll volunteer at church, but haven't felt compelled to do so and with things upcoming in the next few months, it was probably wise I didn't commit to something, even though I do sometimes feel guilty not helping out, but like plants, maybe it was just time to be dormant for a bit here :)


jack69 said...

Love the pictures and comments, but the first quote I have never read nor heard, but I can look back and it is so true.
Love from Florida!!

Rick Watson said...

It will still be a while here. It was almost 80 today but the leaves are beautiful.