i just started the latest offering by my favorite author, mark buchanan. it is entitled, “spiritual rhythms: being with jesus every season of your soul.” in it, buchanan correlates the seasons of the year with seasons we all experience in life.
it’s a simple premise, but it really works.
the first season buchanan discusses is winter (think darkness, bleakness, aloneness). he invites the reader to consider the terrible-yet-profitable things that happen only in winter (think shoveling snow and enduring power outages while playing board games with the children). buchanan suggests that one of winter’s most awful/wonderful disciplines is pruning. in extolling the virtues of pruning, buchanan unfurls one of the powerful little phrase bombs he is known for:
“Each deprivation is really a cultivation.”
wow. i will chew on that one as i finish reading the rest of the book.
i’ll let you know how it goes.