Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Winter Doesn't Last Forever - Spring Is On Its Way!
Ahh... Summer! We love it all - picnics, sunshine, gardens of blossoming flowers, bike rides, camping and backyard barbecues with friends. Grr... Winter! We hate it - cold feet, frosted windshields needing scraped, dormant trees, limited outdoor activities and dark days that seem too long. Why is it that Summer goes twice as fast as Winter? Rarely does anyone say, "When is this Summer going to be OVER?" but contrarily, we start whining, "When is this Winter going to end? I'm so ready for Spring!"
.....and once again, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. The old saying, "This too shall pass," is true after all. In the cheerful Seasons, let us use those to rejoice and work in the soil sowing seeds with anticipation of blossoms. In the quiet, sedentary Seasons let us use those to dig deeper and grow stronger. I wish all of life was a Summer playground, but it isn't. And honestly, now that I've lived through a couple of Winters, I wouldn't exchange what I learned in those times for anything. It was in quietness of my snow covered soul that I heard the voice of my Lord in a way I never had before. He hadn't left me, nor forsaken me. He was in the Winter, too!
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8