Winter is nearing and every fiber within my body is conscious of its eminent arrival. Crisp mornings usher in a kaleidoscope of autumn colors, smells and sounds. I believe it is God’s way of gently easing us into mid-winter’s blast and preparing us for the barrenness of the coming season.
I liken the changing of seasons to the many transformations we encounter in our own life; when our leaves begin turning gold, red and yellow signifying change is ahead. We know the winds of adversity will soon follow and we begin to brace ourselves for the harsh elements of winter.
There is a strange solitude in the midst of life’s wintry seasons.
Unlike other seasons, winter arouses a need for companionship and comfort. Though it seems like forever, winter hibernation does end. As the snow begins to melt the hope of a new season begins to fortify our spirit. We prepare for the emergence of new growth and the sweet fragrance of life compels us to move forward.
Ah, spring! Surely summer’s reprieve is just around the bend. We welcome its arrival with open arms. The warmth of the sunshine renews and revitalizes our spirit reminding us God is merciful and good.
What isn’t unique is our need for each other throughout those seasons. When times are good we want to share it with those we love. When faced with our ‘autumns’ we seek advice and directions; and, when the howling winds of winter beset us, we look to each other for comfort and support.
I have learned to appreciate all the seasons of my life. Yes, even the winters. For me, it is a season that slows my pace so I can look inward; examine priorities and bind-up wounds.
If the drapes of winter solstice are closing upon you, be content in knowing the cold, dark days are only temporary. The Bible assures us God has charge over every season we encounter in life. He remains constant, never changing and always by our side; a friend in all seasons.