“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
A couple months ago, I had dinner at the local Chinese restaurant with my good friends Lennie and Jane.
After dinner we got the traditional fortune cookie. My fortune is one that I have gotten before:
“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
It got me to thinking about the truth behind the question.
Winter started yesterday. The season God intends for the earth to rest and rejuvenate. The season He blankets the earth with snow making everything clean, a reminder of what happens to our sins as a result of Jesus’ death on the cross. His blood makes us clean by washing away our sins.
Harshness of Winter
The weather today was rainy and 60 degrees, not bad for the first day of winter, but oh are we going to pay for it come January. I can just see snowstorm after snowstorm waiting for us. The woods will soon look like this:
Here in the North, people forget how to drive in snow from one winter to the next. This results in major traffic jams and a 25 minute commute to work taking 2 ½ hours.
Shoveling is also not fun, which is why Joe bought a snow-blower with either a 29” or 33” clearing path (I forget which). He had the driveway done in record time. My neighbor now does the driveway after all Michele messing with anything mechanical is scarier than a Stephen King novel 😉
I will deal with the cold and the snow, but God you can ship the ice to the South Pole. It is beautiful to look at but trying to walk or drive on it is awful.
Remember if it were not for the harshness of winter, we would not appreciate spring’s beauty.
Personal winters can happen even during beautiful weather. Joe passed just as the season was changing from winter to spring but for me, it was the beginning of a very long winter. I had glimpses of spring during my personal winter and slowly my spring arrived.
So many times life is like this, one personal winter after another or one long extended personal winter. God uses these winters for good. In a way they too are a period of rest, rejuvenation and cleansing.
Winter = Blog
My personal winter lead to me starting this blog. Blogging is not something I would have done if Joe was still here, partly because I am not sure what would have become my niche. Although, I could have blogged about job search as that personal winter would have occurred in 2008 instead of 2009 had Joe lived.
It is during the harsh personal winters you need to rely on family, friends and most importantly – God. While not all of your family or friends will stick around during your winter, God will always be there with the shovel, kitty-litter or snow-blower. Whatever it takes to get your unstuck and moving forward and back to feeling joy again.
Remember, it is because of surviving life’s harsh personal winters that we fully appreciate feeling joy.
“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life. One has to follow it, even though one enters into a way full of difficulties.”
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