Winter is a season….sometimes of the Soul!
You would have to be living in a hole (or Miami) to have missed the winter of ’13-’14! Even as I write, the south has experienced a severe ice and snow storm and now the northeast is being hit. We’ve had temperatures that are considered “arctic”. Our skin is dry, our heating bills are up. And our gardens are in shambles.
Flowers begin to grow and bloom in the spring. The blooms smell wonderful as their scent drifts through the open windows. I love to cut them and bring them indoors. The colors range from soft pink to bright purple. They provide us with such enjoyment.
I love digging in the dirt like a little kid. I love to prune, water and weed. If I went outside today, my digging utensils would break off in the frozen ground. The flowers have fallen.
Even the grass has withered. In fact, it is brown and tired. It has been frozen a number of times already and looks like it may never be green again. It has been a safe haven for play many times. When my sons were little they hit many baseballs and ran many games of tag on the soft, tender grass. They have jumped in leaves and been further cushioned by the supple lawn. Jumping now might result in a damaged tailbone!
There is one thing that never changes. It does not wither, fade or quit being useful. It stands forever and provides beauty, color, fragrance in our life. It does not fail. It has withstood many tests of oppression. It does not perish in any way. It cushions our blow, our fall, our jump.
What is this thing? Yes, it is the Word of God. And the Word of God is love.
John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
1 Peter 1:23-24 tells us: “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living word of God. For ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.’ And this is the word that is preached to you.”
There are so many people hurting right now. They are dealing with death, cancer, illness of all kinds. I have been discouraged myself as I wait for some test results and God’s wisdom in the area of work. I call these times the “winter of the soul”. But in this life we are not promised it will be easy. Jesus told us in John….“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
So dear friends, be encouraged this day. It may be “winter”, but spring is right around the corner! Be on the lookout for those pink flowers!
IN CHRIST ALONE