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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Winter


Winter is taking a tremendous toll on me this year.  The temperatures have been so ridiculously low and my attitude has not been even close to grateful.  The contrast between Florida at Christmas and Wisconsin in January are too great...maybe we won't do that again anytime soon.  

So, I was driving up to Portage today for a training thing at church through another dumping of snow and I was asking God about winter.  "God, why do we need winter, anyway?"  And I turned my radio off and just made a sincere effort to tune in and listen to Him.  Here's what my heart was struck with, and I think I'll take this as His answer:

"The snow keeps coming, doesn't it?  It's steady, like God is.  It makes everything clean.  You may not see it clearly, but the winter has it's purpose, given by God.  He knows the balance of nature and what the earth needs and what we need.  If life was always sunshine and beaches and green grass, we'd be so bored with GOOD it would be ridiculous.  Winter is a good time to take stock and step back and listen. "  

Its almost like God was saying, "Trust Me, I do happen to know what I'm doing up here.  As steady and relentless as the winter is, so is My love for you."  I just soaked that in.  And rested in the "wintri-ness" of things right now.  

2 comments:

Deitra said...

Whoa, I LOVE this thinking, ie what God told you, sooooo true! Winter has a naked beauty to it. And it was very true for me, living in Hawaii, that warm, sunny days are so boring, we called it Paradise HELL! :)
Love you Deb and your musings,
Deitra

Julie said...

Absolutely the reason I would never live in Florida. Plus, a decent winter kills off all the nasty buggies. But I am NOT loving the cool weather. Basically just stay in bed reading books and dashing out periodically to check on the chickens. About to go to Ethiopia for a week and am really excited for the chance to be back there again.