After the holidays, many of us are disappointed. We pack up the Christmas decorations, our hearts heavy with the knowledge that the festivities and celebrations are done. January, on the other hand, is brimming with potential and the promise of new beginnings. This is why I think winter is only a matter of perspective.
I relocated to Oklahoma from California when I was a teenager, as I’ve already mentioned. It was a difficult adjustment for me, especially since it was my first time dealing with the brutal and piercing cold of winter. Then there was a snow day, and I got to skip school. I had never experienced a snow day before, and I recall thinking to myself at the time, “well, maybe this isn’t so bad.” Another wonderful thing was that a snowy meadow with a patch of forest behind it could be seen from a large picture window in the back of our Broken Arrow home. After all of the trees in that forest had lost their leaves and appeared to be dead (despite the fact that they weren’t), the branches would be covered in an inch-thick sheet of ice. They literally looked like ice trees! It was incredibly neat, and I liked to sit and admire its one-of-a-kind beauty.
So, is winter a good or bad thing? Is it beautiful or unpleasant? Is it simple or complex? I believe that as you think about it, you’ll realize that it’s truly both. Nature demonstrates that, while hazardous, challenging, and unpleasant, it can also be restful and therapeutic. Even though it is cold and dark at this time of year, it has its own special beauty and evidence of God’s faithfulness.
Friend, don’t lose sight of the promise and optimism of winter, no matter what you’re going through now. Face the darkness with the awareness that the Light of the World resides inside you, and He will bring His light to all of your adversity. Allow Him to use the cold to sharpen and increase your faith, even when you can’t see Him. Then relax, knowing that the warmth of spring will eventually breakthrough, and it will be stunning!