I read a few curious verses this morning which got me to thinking about cycles. Not bicycles or motorcycles but cycles of life. Perhaps when you hear “Circle of Life” you think of the song from the Lion King movie, sung by Elton John, written by Tim Rice. Here are some of the words.
From the day we arrive on the planet; And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen;
More to do than can ever be done
It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all Through despair and hope, Through faith and love
Till we find our place, On the path unwinding In the circle, The circle of life.
Life is not easy for animals, human beings or for any other life as portrayed in the movie, but there is redemption in the life cycle as a symbol.
As a seed falls to the ground, it starts a new life cycle. It must take root and sprout a new beginning. A beginning that will endure the years of a shortage of water and then too much water. It will be consumed by the sun and thrashed by the winds.
Then Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So, he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ’For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “’Sir,’ the man replied, ’leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
Luke 13:6-9 helps us understand that the life cycle of life depends on the productivity of our life. If we produce, life goes on and if we don’t, we will be cut down and burned. Whoa? Cut down and burned? Kind of in your face!
What happens when there needs to be a cycle change. Just like the washing machine in my home. For the machine to do its job properly, it must go through cycles. The water fills the tank, the agitator starts to move, it spins, drains the water, fills with water again, the agitator starts again, and it spins again.
Then what happens? You empty the machine and the process starts over again. If the machine breaks, you replace with a new one that does what it is supposed to do, that is, wash clothes properly.
That’s all well and good for the washing machine, but what about life, what about that seed that fell to the ground from the tree? What about you and me when the cycle changes and we fall to the ground? The blessings have not fallen on us; the precious rain has refused to come our way. The hot sun has caused us to start to wither and we have not accomplished what we started out to do. Our great plans have started to wither and die.
Things in our life change and should cause us to rethink our direction. Perhaps, Christian, we need some pruning. Perhaps our calling, our needs and our desires have come to a cycle change. Next week, Ill share another curious passage from the Old Testament about cycle changes