The bleakness of winter. It used to scare me. What if it never ended? What if the sun never really rose again? What if I never saw another green plant or felt the warmth of the sun? What would I do then?
The world these days feels like winter. Will it ever return to normal? Will we ever get what we need? Will our loved ones stop getting so sick and some even dying? It’s scary.
If we’re not careful, this could become the state of our hearts too. How do we protect the life inside of our hearts? How do we keep them filled with hope? And love.
It amazes me how the winter sky can be the same color as the snow on the ground. I don’t feel anything but cold as I look out my window. But if I take a closer look at the snow gently falling right now, I can see that each individual piece of it is a uniquely designed wonder. And a design has to have a Designer. Where is He when all looks completely void of life? He’s as close as a snowflake falling in front of my face. I just need to look closer.
Winter seems to be a time when we can focus in and look for God in a deeper way. And like discovering the beauty in a snowflake, we can discover the beauty in our Creator. At the same time we are lamenting, He is showering us with crystal treasures. Let us not lose our wonder of this season, and of this Christmas season too. The celebration of the Son that came shining into this world, and if invited to do so, will shine into our hearts. He will build a fire inside us that will sustain us through winter - the physical one, and the one that never seems to end in the circumstances of this world.
I don’t see the sun today, but I can feel it within. He comes when we call Him. He always has. The constraints of time do not hold Him. So before losing hope in this dreary time, take a look closer than you’ve ever looked before. You’ll see Him. Because He’s already here. He’s bigger than this world, He’s stronger than the bare branches, He’s more welcoming than the nests left waiting for Spring. He wants to build a fire within you. Will you let Him in?