The dark days of winter are here. The beauty of the fall leaves has passed and the barren trees are all that is left behind. I keep seeing the coverage of the snow storms on the news and my heart goes out to everyone who is struggling through another winter storm. Although we haven’t had the extreme weather here in Arkansas that others are experiencing, I know how difficult it can be. I remember some of the hard ice storms we’ve endured in the past. A few years ago, my mom was fighting cancer and we had to get her to St. Louis for a very important treatment. But the problem was, we were in the middle of one of the worst ice storms in recent history. My dad, brother and I spent most of the day shoveling snow, putting towels and kitty litter under the tires trying desperately to get the car uncovered and unstuck so we could leave before the next wave of snow came down. It was exhausting!
It’s during these times that it’s easy to forget the reason why God made winter. When we’re shoveling snow and driving to work on sheets of ice, or battling a cold or the flu the benefit of this season can get lost in the struggle just to get through it.
You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.
In the beginning, God established the borders and limits of nature for our benefit. He made a beautiful creation for us to live on when He made the earth. And it is not a coincidence that He created the seasons. Each season has a purpose in maintaining our environment. And winter is an important part of God’s plan to preserve the earth for our use.
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater.
Just as our bodies need rest, so does the earth. God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us and all of nature this time to rest and prepare for the coming spring. The falling snow replenishes our water supply and keeps the trees alive during this dormant time. The frost protects the soil and keeps the seeds preserved for the springtime planting.
Some of the animals are hibernating, while others have migrated to warmer climates. In truth, I’m hibernating a little bit this year too. I’m still recovering from an injury and falling on the slippery ice is not my idea of a good time. So, I’ll use this cold snap to curl up with a good book, rest my body and renew my mind as I look forward to the coming spring.
This is my hope and prayer for all of us this Winter…
…be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.