For everything, there is a season and a time for every matter. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. There is time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Also, there is a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew. Yes, there is a time to keep silent, and a time to speak; time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. In all things, there is a season!
During seasons, even a tree suffers a loss of a significant amount of water. Scientists reveal that they suffer so much water that when winter arrives, the trees are no longer able to get enough water to replace what it has lost. It appears that leaves are simply falling in our eyesight, but scientists say the leaves are being pushed off! Somehow, the tree instinctively knows it must do this so that it can survive the winter and grow new leaves in the spring. Even trees are self-aware of the maintenance it is required to act on to survive.
"Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience."
- Francis Bacon.
How aware are you of maintaining self-preservation? It is the time to self-maintain by pruning things, ideas, people, doctrines, or beliefs that no longer benefit you. Oftentimes, we do not like to get rid of what we are familiar with. We deal with outdated people who are well past their season in our lives, outdated theology, outdated doctrine simply because it is comfortable. However, to survive, we must do the work. There is a grace in letting go, and in certain instances, pushing off the leaves to grow later.
Like the tree, working knowledge of seasonal recollection is necessary to survive. Look over your territory. Look over your life, your surroundings and make a list. Survey the land! Make a list of all the things that you feel are current in your life. Decide what is purposeful. Decide what is needed. If it does not serve a purpose or a need that is beneficial to you in some way, let it fall away. Prune it. Push it away so that you can grow in that area. Once you have accomplished this task in every area of your life, be the tree! Use it as a tool of remembrance to never turn back to it again!