I know many of you in the far north are thinking, "Seriously? You live in the SOUTH! What are you complaining about? Try three feet of snow and face-freezing temperatures and thick gray skies... day after day after day!"
Been there, done that. My condolences to you.
My problem is, I don't do winter well. Anywhere.
I know there's a reason for winter. A God ordained purpose.
But a lot of it has to do with waiting. And that's another thing I don't do well...wait.
Yes, I've learned patience throughout the years...God has been very good at answering that prayer.
Now maybe I need to pray for the grace to wait. To wait for that which I know will surely come.
But I have a feeling I am waiting for something far more glorious than a passing spring.
That the winter of my discontent-- with myself, our country, our world, serves a far greater purpose.
To teach me to wait...for Him. For the restoration of all things to Him. For things to finally, someday, be the way they were meant to be.
"He WILL swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God WILL wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He WILL take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.
It shall be said in that day, Behold, our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him..." Isaiah 25:8,9
We have waited for Him. That's us! Eagerly. Expectantly. With groans and heartfelt cries.
With eyes of faith. And hearts full of hope.
"But hope which is seen is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees? But if we hope for what is unseen by us, we WAIT for it with patience and composure." Romans 8:24, 25
I don't know what you are going through. What losses you are experiencing. What fears you are fighting. What your winter looks like.
But God does. He's in control. He has a plan. And someday, all those "Wills" will come to pass.
In the meantime, let us wait well. Especially when it's dark. And stormy. And all the world seems gray.
For we know Whom we wait upon...the Lord God Almighty. All Powerful, All Knowing, All Seeing.
Not one Word of His Promises has ever failed.
And that is good news to those of us who wait.
Who wait upon the Lord, "Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who earnestly waits for Him."
It may be winter now, but spring is coming!
Ready for some hand clapping? Sing along with me!