When one thinks of the winter, it is a season that places the earth into a pause, bringing with it chilly temperatures, harsh winds, and icy, dangerous conditions. Although frigid conditions may seem unbearable, winter is a necessary part of a cycle that provides rest and relaxation to the plant kingdom and dormancy for several species of animals. The snowy blanket that is seen as an inconvenience is a soft and beautiful cover providing protection and watery nourishment to the resting plant life.
Just when we feel that winter has outlived its time, and we cannot take one more day, the season reaches its peak and is abruptly cut short by the onset of spring. The season of spring provides compassionate relief with its bright rays of sunshine melting the icy hard exterior into watery puddles. Hues rapidly change from shades of gray to bursts of vibrant colors as buds and flowers announce their arrival. We are reminded that we can dream in color as the rainbow of greens, reds, yellows, oranges, and pinks appear on the earth’s canvas.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
It is from the harshness of adversity that we experience spiritual growth. Yes, our trials and tribulations are tough, but they are not allowed to destroy us. The grace and mercy that extends from our loving Heavenly Father protects us from the dismay of hopelessness. God would never allow Satan to fulfill his premeditated plans to bring endless misery to those that love the Lord God with all of their hearts, souls, and minds. No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Even when we are unsure of how to entirely depend on God, we can prayerfully acknowledge, release, and give all of our doubts and fears to the Omnipotent One. “Dear God, We do not know how to trust you, but we give ourselves completely to you and will wait for your solution to our problems. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.” Taking a leap of faith is necessary, even when we think that the situation is impossible, to lift us out of our state of inactivity. Believing that God provides the sunshine will propel our seed of faith into a season of unlimited growth. Trust in Him! If He said it, then He will do it. The wintry season does not last forever.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020