Have you noticed that God created the earth to issue life according to seasons? Spring gives birth; summer, growth; autumn, harvest; and winter, blessed rest. The Bible confirms this perpetual cycle in Genesis 8:22, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease."
We need to realize that just as there are seasons in the natural, there are seasons in our spiritual lives. Too often we look at our ministries and our gifts and anointings as if they were mechanical. We expect the flow of the Spirit through us to chug on endlessly with no variation.
When we don't sense
God's touch to the same degree, we beat ourselves up and push on, whether the precious oil of the Holy Spirit is resting on us or not. We begin well, being led continually by the Spirit, but we end up dry and barren, in a desert of confusion and uncertainty because we have not understood or rightly discerned the season into which God has moved us.
But God's Word says that "to everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven" (Eccl. 3:1). A faithful, wise Creator ordained times and seasons for all living things.
He did not make us machines that can run on endlessly until we break. We must be planted and given the opportunity to enjoy
the excitement of new and varied beginnings. These beginnings lead to growth and harvest, and then death and rest precede life's cycle once again.
If we understand our cycles of spiritual growth, we will be better able to follow the Spirit of God as He leads and guides us. If not, we risk getting into works of the flesh, fear and confusion, or worse—error. This is particularly true of intercessors.