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Seasons and Cycles

Up until a month ago, we had oranges for breakfast every morning. My husband, who must be the best husband in the world, would prepare them by cutting along the skin of each segment with a grapefruit knife. We paid about R30 for a big pocket of lovely, juicy oranges. Suddenly one Tuesday, there were no piles of orange pockets outside the greengrocer. I asked one of the staff if there were no oranges. He said they only had the half bags and fetched me one. When I looked at the till slip after I had paid for my vegetables, I saw the half bag of oranges cost R45! It was obvious the orange season had come to an end.

Life is a continual procession of repeating cycles. The cycles are made up of different seasons and we have to adapt our behaviour according to the season. The Bible talks about seed time and harvest. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. ” (Genesis 8:22) There will always be cycles and seasons and what we do during those times depends on the season.

Ecclesiastes 3 begins, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” It then continues to list different pairs of opposites for which there is a time. I was struck by verse 5b, “a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.” During the hard lockdown of Covid in 2020, we experienced a time to refrain from embracing. People built special shields and gloves just so they could hug their grandchildren. This season is not over yet. In most countries relatives can still not visit their loved ones in hospitals.

I’m looking forward to the next season of “a time to embrace.”

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My prayer

Father God, thank you that You created the world to include cycles and seasons. Please help me to discern which season I am in now and give me the wisdom to act appropriately. Amen.

In an Orange Mood

Every morning, my husband prepares oranges for our breakfast. He cuts them in half and uses a grapefruit knife to loosen the segments. Then we use serrated spoons to scoop out the flesh.

Once I’ve savoured each segment, I go around again, getting the last bit of juice out of the delicious fruit.

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This reminds me of reading the Bible. Even though I’ve read a section before, I can go over it again and get more “juice” out of it.

Oranges contain vitamin C which has long had the reputation of strengthening our immune system and helping our body fend off germs – those invisible enemies. I believe that is is more beneficial to get our vitamin C fix daily as a matter of routine rather than suddenly taking a massive dose when we feel a cold coming on although I am sure that helps.

In the same way, reading the Bible every day can help us ward off the invisible enemy of our souls. This practice refreshes our spirits and helps us grow strong in the faith.

Oranges are not the easiest fruit to eat. Unlike a grape which you can just pop in your mouth, an orange takes a bit of effort to prepare and eat, whether we peel it, soften it and suck it out of the skin, or cut it into segments. Likewise, reading the Bible regularly takes a bit of effort. Somehow it seems that social media, news and messages on our cell phones take precedence and seem easier to read.

I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word... Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:15-16,18 NIV)

My Prayer

Lord, teach me to delight in Your word. Please open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Amen.