It’s the beginning of March and just like every year I reach the point where I have had my fill of winter. For months, we’ve endured freezing temperatures, grey skies, blistering winds, slicks roads, and cold nights.
It’s easy to become a bit negative and begin to wonder, will spring ever arrive? Will the sun shine again? Will warmth and joy return?
This is not only a seasonal and consistent reality for us each and every year, but it can also be a metaphor for our lives and our walk with God. We all have those seasons in life where there is a heavy darkness, a trial, a burden and we wonder, will this ever pass? We wonder, has God forgotten me? Will I ever see joy and peace again?
Peter encourages us and reminds us these seasons are not permanent, but only temporary and they have a purpose in developing you into a person who is filled with a strong and resilient faith.
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ 1 Peter 4-7.
While winter seems to never end and the sun seems to never shine, be assured, spring will arrive and with it the sun will shine, warmth will return and peace and joy will enter into your heart again. Remember to trust in the Lord and wait patiently for Him, for He has not forgotten you.
I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3