By: Brent Manion
What is a spiritual season?
Natural rhythms or movement in our spiritual journey that we flow through as we mature as Christian believers.
As we grow as Christians, our walk with the Lord can and will look and feel different as we move from one spiritual season to the next. Staying connected to God in each season is crucial. This allows for our best growth and helps us produce the best fruit.
Just like our seasons in nature, we move through spiritual seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Spring: You will notice a new thirst and awareness for more of God. Excitement of what your faith can become. Like hearing the birds chirping after a long winter. Discovering what is life about as a believer.
Summer: You will notice a passion to belong and grow, filled with abundance and discovery of how God can use you. Satisfaction in God’s love, joy and peace. Feeling God’s presence regularly. Strong desire to share ones faith.
Autumn: A time of transition. Harvesting the growth of summer (your strengths and gifts) and using it to help others grow (bear fruit). A time of transition. A sense of weariness.
Winter: When God feels far away or and it seems that you can’t see or notice anything happening. A sense of stuckness. When your faith feels dormant. A time for rest.
Why is it important to notice our spiritual seasons?
- Simply want to remember that God is at work in all of the seasons.
- Holy Spirit sets the pace and movement from one season to the next
- What helps us feel close to God in one season may not work in a different season
- Spiritual seasons come and go and then return again
- People will be in a different season than you are.
For more information on the Spiritual Seasons see the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun.