Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Winter is Past

“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”
Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Winter passes. Hope begins. Life renews.

After a long season of winter, we see the green grass, observe the flowers budding, and watch as the trees extend their leaves. We hear the birds sing and smell the sweet expressions of new life all around us. Without that winter season, though, this new life would not be as vivid and our gratefulness would not be as fully realized for those little things that brighten the spring days.

So, too, are the seasons of the soul. We ought not despise the chill of the air that God perhaps is using to prepare us for the time when He will warm our hearts with His love. Without that chill, we might not completely appreciate the warmth of communing with Him as He stokes the fire within.

The monotony of the snow in making the earth one color, albeit at times a beautiful sparkling color, must not be dismissed either because that snow is nourishing the life beneath. In the same sense, the monotony of daily living must not drive us to a despondency in our walks with Him, but rather be used as a time of rest and refreshing, in order to be better prepared for the next season.

We should not let the quiet and stillness of the snow lull us into a deep sleep of the soul, but rather use this quiet for purer conversations with the Lord in prayer and Bible reading for a time of sweet communion with the One Who ordained this silent season.

O, that we would not let the winters of our souls come to nothing. May they be seen by us as a time of God's choosing. May we ask Him during these seasons how to be content and how to redeem that time with Him properly, having great expectation that when the winter passes, we will experience a new season filled with its own benefits.

And may we be reminded that all seasons of the soul are designed by the Lord to bring us closer to Him.

Spokane, WA (January 2007)

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