I was raised in Southeast Texas which essentially has two seasons, Hot and Hotter. Though we had some winter weather, we never really had a winter season. More like a long fall season. In fact, trees would lose their leaves but it didn’t seem like they stayed bare long. The grass was almost always green because of the warmer weather and the amount of rain. I remember in school hearing about 4 seasons, but I had never really witnessed them, UNTIL I moved to Arkansas.
Now, granted I have only been here for 5 months, I now know what a real winter is like. DEAD! I love cold weather. I have always dreamed of living somewhere that would actually get cold. I was excited about winter because I would finally experience the real cold. Not the Southeast Texas cold (35 degrees in the morning and 85 in the afternoon). We have certainly experienced cold, snow and ice. It has been a great experience for our family (honestly).
There is, however, one draw back. When the trees lose their leaves, they are gone for months. The grass turns brown and it stays that way for months. The first couple of months it was cool seeing the true winter, but now I am ready for some color. I am ready to see the trees bloom and the flowers bud. Someone told me, “winter is nice, but you will be glad to see spring again.” They were right.
In our lives we seem to have winter seasons that never end. Everything looks barren and there is little sign of life. It is as if we are living in a desolate place with things that look dead and hoping for the smallest symbol of life again. These winter seasons may be times of sickness or hardships in our marriage. Perhaps it is a spiritual struggle or any other circumstance of life. No matter what you are facing you are likely feeling that winter will never end.
Josh and I went hiking the other day and noticed a small flower coming up through the dead, dry leaves on the ground. It was a sign of springtime coming. Friends, winter may be long but soon the flowers of your spiritual life will bud again. Your mourning will be turned in to dancing. Your dark night will soon see the light of day.
Psalm 30:5 & 11, ”His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. 11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,”
Winter seasons teach us dependence on the life-giving source, Jesus Christ. Learn from the winter time and it will make your springtime much more enjoyable.