We’re in the middle of a long winter, slogging through days of below-zero temperatures and endless piles of snow.
We’ve been stuck inside, the winds too strong and the air too cold to enjoy the snow, or even leave the house.
In terms of weather, it’s easily been the coldest winter I’ve experienced.
But in terms of life, I’ve dealt with much worse. Because I’m no stranger to the long, harsh winters of life.
And my guess it that you aren’t either.
It’s the long winters of life that can cause not so much our bodies to grow cold, but our hearts.
We lose hope.
We lose faith.
We lose joy.
We feel alone.
We feel unloved.
We feel unseen.
We become confused.
We become uncertain.
We become frozen in hardship, loss, and grief. There’s simply no escaping it.
Life’s long winters can become too cold to even move. And it’s easy for our hearts to grow numb.
But when our hearts are feeling cold and numb, may we remember to wrap them in the warm comfort of faith, hope, and trust; to secure them in the embrace of a God who promises warmer days ahead.
Right now, the earth shows no signs of spring. And maybe your life doesn’t either.
But God has a way with timing. The long winters end when the time is right. And so often, the first signs of spring peek through the frozen earth when least expected.
Be still and know the long winter, the long wait will come to an end. Spring will arrive. And His light will be unmistakable.