Winter. Makes one shiver, doesn’t it. Chapped hands and lips. Icy roads. Grey skies. Dormancy...trees, grass. Short days, long nights. Cold, blustery winds. Brrrrr. Who invented it anyway? The answer of course, is God, and with good reason.
Here's another way to look at it--Winter: cleaner, exhilarating air. Cascading snowflakes. Fewer allergies. Extra time with loved ones. Warm blankets. Better sleep. No mosquitos. Hot chocolate. Apple cider. A crackling fire. Christmas. Snowmen. Football. Recalibrating goals. Scarves and mittens. And of course...the anticipation of Spring! I think seasons are good, ALL of them. It’s just a matter of perspective.
We each face seasons of the soul, too. Which season are you in these days? Whatever it might be, one thing's certain, change IS coming. God’s still at work. He never abandons anyone, including you. I love the passage in Galatians which says, “But when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son, born of a woman, born as a Jew, to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own sons. And because we are his sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father. Now we are no longer slaves but God’s own sons. And since we are his sons, everything he has belongs to us, for that is the way God planned.” (Gal. 4:4-7, TLB)
Two wonderful phrases there: “At just the right time,” and “the way God planned.” Love them both. And two words of application:
1. God’s working when we’re waiting. He’s not on vacation. He’s arranging circumstances, situations, and relationships in our lives. He isn’t wringing His hands in desperation. He has a plan. I promise.
2. His love ISN’T seasonal. You’re His child. Nothing can or ever will change that. He has gifts for you: mercy, grace, strength, peace, hope, and new beginnings. He will sustain you, even when you feel unsustainable; when the seasons are changing so quickly that you can hardly catch your breath. I’ve been there. I know. It’s one of the great advantages of having lived a good number of years. As the Apostle John wrote in the next-to-last verse of his gospel, “I testify that these things are true.”
Friend, spring’s not far away. Rising temperatures. New life. The first butterfly. Bike rides. Evening walks. Longer days. Warm breezes. Sunshine. That first day without a coat. That first walk in the park. That first picnic. Thoughts of the beach. Road trips. Daffodils. Robins. Easter. Resurrection. Everyone loves spring!...except TS Eliot, who once wrote, “April is the cruelest month.” (insert long explanation here)!
Well, winter, spring, summer or fall, this much I know for sure, they're really close together though they may feel like miles apart. Same’s true with mountains and valleys. Same’s true with change, which is why we need perspective.
Christmas gives way to Easter, which gives way to July 4th, which gives way to Thanksgiving, which gives way to Christmas...and the cycle continues. It’s called life. One suggestion: Learn to enjoy it all. That's a choice, you know, not a feeling. It took me a lot of seasons to learn that. How about you?