You know…I hate winter. I mean, I really despise it. As soon as winter weather sets in I transform into 80-year-old grandma mode and go reaching for my slippers, blankets and extra thick indestructible winter socks.
I love it when spring comes. There’s something about it that offers me hope in the midst of my despondency. I know that soon, I’ll no longer need to fire up the space heater in my office to melt my frozen extremities.
It’s easy to focus on winter, isn’t it? Not looking for spring. It’s much too easy to focus on the bad, instead of believing that anything good could be coming. It’s difficult, in the midst of winter to see the turning of spring.
I love what Jesus says in Luke 21, as he is speaking to his disciples about what will come at the end of the age. All of it, quite frankly, seems a bit grim. Yet, if we’re willing to look for it, we find that there is indeed good coming. As Jesus speaks about the terrible times that are to come, sandwiched between his address to the disciples are these simple words, “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.” (Luke 21:29-30)
Watch, be ready and on your guard, because you know, that by God’s grace, summer is near. I don’t know about you, but often times in the midst of wintery experiences in life whether its financial, relational, work or personal struggle it’s easy to focus winter, curl up in my ball of disdain and hide under blankets of anger, hopelessness and unbelief that any of this could get better. Yet, summer is coming, if we are willing to look, watch and wait for it.
I know I can too easily focus on all the bad instead of holding fast to what is good. Doing this only keeps us in winter. We never quite make it out of those places of our turmoil, because all we can think about is our difficult lot in life, instead of coming to the understanding that maybe God is using this difficulty to remind us that even in the darkest places of winter, joy can be found as we trust in His mercies that are new every morning.
Isn’t it true that even in winter, the sun is out? The sun is still shining; it’s just harder to see. The light of the sun, even in the darkest places of winter still remains. Will we look for it and find joy and hope or will we focus on the blustery cold of darkness and despair never quite reaching the point of true hope, joy and transformation?
Do we believe someone or some-thing to be all bad? Do we view our health, marriage, children, work, family member, or situation to be only dreadful or will we look for the light of the sun, even in the despair of winter? Soon, beloved, spring is coming, if we choose to hold fast to the sun that is still shining, even in the darkest of winter.
“And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”- Isaiah 35:10
Lord, pride runs deep in my heart and so does an unbelieving, critical spirit. Yet, there is a healer who has made me new and His mercies are new every morning. He shines bright even in the darkest of winter. His love is a lighthouse that radiates in the darkness leading me to the shore of deliverance. Lord, today I choose to see the sun that shines, no matter what my circumstances. Abba, I need you to illuminate truth in my heart and for you to lead me to the rock that is higher that I. In Jesus name, amen!