As I was sitting there my eyes scanned to a basket that was hanging on my deck and I had to smile... A few weeks ago, there was nothing but death hanging. I had been meaning to clean out the dry barrenness, but never really got around to that project.
Then Spring came! Out of the barrenness began to sprout life. I was amazed to find green leaves beginning to appear!
As I was pondering the moment, I heard the whisper of my Lord speaking to my heart....
Don't mistake barrenness for what is just Winter. I have not called your family to barrenness! This beloved is just Winter.
How many times have I struggled and wondered if this was all there was? How many times have I cried tears for what should have been? How long have I wondered if I had done something wrong and this was my punishment? How long have I felt I should just be content with where I am, that my time has passed?
I had resigned myself to all of this and yet the whisper came...
This is just Winter
Winter is only a season! Winter I can handle! Hoping for Spring, yet allowing the lessons of Winter to be learned in the process.
Winter... Where roots go deep...Where strength is developed... Where growth is unseen yet so necessary
Thank you for walking with me in the Winter... for seeing beyond what I have declared as barren and knowing that it was just Winter. Thank you that you have so much more for me and my family than I can ever imagine.
Remind me that Winter does come, yet I can take comfort in knowing that it is just a season, and in the midst there are lessons to learn, that you have walked before me and will be with me in the process. Taking my hand and warming my heart in the midst of the cold.... Reminding me that Spring is on it's way!