WINTER IS COMING

Yeah… I know. I’m going to immediately get dissed for this title because it’s a Game of Thrones thing. But I’ll be real… no clue what this means. We all have a “seasonal slump.” Whether it’s directly related to the cold or it’s just a metaphor for a time in your life, we have all felt the pain of a winter. It often feels like spring will never come, or that we won’t ever be able to see the flowers. Winter is called a “season” for a reason, it is only for a short amount of time. Whether you’ve been in a blizzard for a year or you can see a snow flurry on the horizon, I want to encourage you that the snow will melt and you will conquer this.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says,  “To everything, there is a season and a time for everything on Earth.” That statement can be kind of frustrating. I am a person who runs away from things that are sad, so when I hear that there is a time for mourning I want to run. I pushed off re-watching Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 with my boyfriend for almost an entire summer because I didn’t want to cry (silly, I know). Even when tragedy struck in my own life, I tried to ignore it because I was just honestly tired of being sad. But that is exactly why God gave us the winter season, to mourn and to reflect.

We need to have time to reflect on the year in order to understand how God is healing us and constantly reviving our souls. The New Year always causes for reflections and a time to start over and that is exactly what the winter is for. We remember what we went through so that when spring comes, we can start new. I don’t necessarily mean this literally. “Winter” or “spring” seasons can and usually are emotionally associated with the weather but they can also be a metaphorical time in your life.

Winter can come in the heat of August or right when flowers start to bloom. Sometimes it can last a month and other times it can last years. Winter seasons don’t mean constant depression or darkness. They don’t mean that you can’t feel the light or that the cold is always driving through your skin. Sometimes they simply mean that the cold puts you into your house and make you spend time with the people who remind you who you are, despite your empty leaves.

Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to [heaven] without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish. . . so is My Word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty.” Imagine the snow in the winter like you imagine the rain in the spring… it brings color and light to the world. Snow brings life just as rain does, we just have a harder time seeing it under its heavy layers. God has promised that what He speaks will not return void, just like the winter brings snow that nourishes the ground.

God has promised we will make it through the winter, spring, fall, and summer. We will come on the other side stronger than ever when we choose to embrace the season God has given us. There is a gift and a light that comes from each and every season we go through. Though we can’t see the leaves of a tree, the roots are getting stronger and going deeper. The winter is the time for sharpening and the time for reflecting, use it so that you have the most beautiful flowers in the spring.

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