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Like Seeds in Soil

Walking closer to the window, I watch leaves, gold and orange, silently drop down, covering the ground like a mother coving her child from the chill of night.  Sap in trees begins to relax and settle into the ground as the leaves bed it down for a wintery sleep.

Roses, thankful for a reprieve from the sweltering southern heat, burst forth in a one last gift of blooms, and rejoicing color, before they too settle down for rest; like children who resists going to bed.  And the humming birds, which stayed long past their usual departure date, have finally gone to warmer places.

Vegetable, herb, and flower gardens are now released from my care to seed press the next generation of life, and stretch deeply their roots into the earth, warm and welcoming, in their wait for spring.

The Lord God gently rocks the angle of the earth and almost overnight the harsh summer is replaced by a cool fall.

Do your prayers sometimes seem like leaves, which fall silent on the ground without notice?

We want results so desperately in this fallen world that we forget that life is about seasons.  God wants you to have the desires of your heart, but have we become so focus on the desires of our heart that we have missed the joy?  Are we so focused on the future answered prayer, that we are missing the beauty that He has given us here and now, that gives us a reprieve from the sweltering heat of this broken world?

Sometimes we know that God has given us a vision of what to pray about, that can only happen by His Holy Spirit.  But seeing the results is like waiting for a seed planted in the fall to arise in the spring.  It just takes time for the fullness of God’s mercy to be seen by human eyes. 

Let’s be like the rose, and rejoice in the beauty of this season, then settle down in the arms of Christ, and allow our winter’s rest to produce new life in us, that only Lord’s spring wakeup call can reveal.


There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)

Linking with  On your heart Tuesday, Scribing the Journey, Women Living Well, Getting down with Jesus, Walk with Him Wednesday


Posted by Diane W. Bailey on October 23, 2012
16 Comments Post a comment
  1. 10/23/2012

    Very thought provoking question: “God wants you to have the desires of your heart, but have we become so focus on the desires of our heart that we have missed the joy? ” To receive the desires of our heart, we have to first delight in Him.

    One way I delight is to see the beauties of nature that He created. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos!

    • 10/23/2012

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts today, JerraLea, You are a blessing to me!

  2. 10/23/2012

    Diane- You capture the mood of autumn in a hushing way. And your link to unanswered prayer like a leaf falling to the ground reminds me that sometimes in the waiting comes the break down of the answer. Thanks. Kel

    • 11/6/2012

      Thank you Kel,I’m sorry that it took so long for your comment to get posted, For some reason it went into the spam folder. Crazy! I love the thought that the leave is the break down of the answer.

  3. 10/23/2012

    Enjoyed your thoughts.

  4. 10/23/2012

    I just posted a quote by Abraham Lincoln on Facebook this morning: “We can complain about the thorns on rose bushes, or we can rejoice about the roses on thorn bushes.” As long as we traverse along in this world, there will always be thorns… wouldn’t it be better to focus on the roses??… far more beautiful and much more enjoyable. Thank-you for the words of inspiration today, Diane and for the reminder to every season of life to its fullest!

    • 10/23/2012

      Marisa, we are hearing the same voice of inspiration! The Lord God! Thank you for sharing!

      • 10/23/2012

        Amen, Sister!!

  5. 10/24/2012

    Ah this is a worship, a morning mediation and a devotional meditative post Diana. I am thankful to have been in your worshipfilled place today. The photography is beyond and above any words I have. GORGEOUS, doesn’t do it justice.

    • 10/24/2012

      Oh, Wynn You have blessed me today! Thank you !

      • 10/29/2012

        So glad, wow. Look forward to seeing more of you and your words around this bloggy world. God bless, Elizabeth

      • 10/29/2012

        Thank you Elizabeth, you are a blessing to me!

  6. 10/24/2012

    Beautiful post! Mat we always recall that He IS our joy!

  7. 10/24/2012
    ro elliott

    Linked-up next to you at ann’s…Oh my this just beautiful…I love the picture of the roses…my husband got me a “charm” braclet. for my 55 birthday…one of the charms is a rose…because He says I am still blooming…I will take these words about the seasons of a rose with me…and yes may we embrace all the beauty in each season of life. blessings~

    • 10/24/2012

      Great to be next to you Ro Elliott! Thank you for your kind words, Looks like you and I are close in age, embracing the beauty of our own fall season.


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