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.