I never appreciated the snow when I lived in the Midwest. Perhaps it was because it was so frequent, and there was so much of it. Our family has been in Georgia for almost nine years now and we each have found a new appreciation for those light fluffy flakes that softly fall and slowly begin to accumulate on every surface until the sun breaks through the clouds, and they magically vanish.
Recently, I was out with my little girl, and I was standing in the snow, absorbing the beautiful white landscape while she tried to catch snowflakes in her mouth when she stopped and looked intently at me as if she was sharing a secret and said, “Mommy, I don’t like to be alone when it snows because it is so quiet and look around, there are no tracks… it’s like I am all alone.”
Her observation hit a deep place in my soul. I could relate because a snowstorm in the midst of the winter can feel the same way spiritually.
I have been through winter seasons when it felt like the Spirit of God was quiet within me, and everything about my spiritual life seemed barren and lifeless, but there is something that feels more ominous about the snowstorm during the already spiritual winter.
During my winter seasons, though it was spiritually difficult, I could still find my way, but after the storm started, and the snow began to accumulate, I no longer could see any tracks of where I had been, nor the path before me; I couldn’t see where God was, and I didn’t hear Him near-- it felt like I was all alone.
Maybe you have been there before-- when you were already in the middle of a difficult circumstance, but suddenly events began to “fall” in your life, and the accumulation of anger and heartache, and doubt and despair covered all paths and tracks, until you felt isolated, abandoned, disoriented and afraid because the landscape looked differently, and you couldn’t see God in your life.
Take heart in knowing that He has a plan for our lives. Though the landscape may seem foreign, God created the terrain. He knows every bump and jolt; He knows every nook and cranny, and He will guide you. Even though it is difficult; rejoice in knowing that the snow is for our benefit. He allows “snowstorms” because snow is needed to blanket the fields in our lives, so when it all melts come the spring season, our lives will be properly irrigated and ready for planting. No snow storms in the winter means no planting come the spring, and no crops to harvest come the fall.
It is when we are in the middle of our difficult times that we must be intentional about believing He has our best interests at heart; that we are in the palm of His hand; and that there is no “terrain” or “snow storm” that catches Him by surprise.
If you are in the midst of a storm, take heart believing that the snow won’t fall forever; the sun will break through clouds; and the spring is coming. But also believe that when the anger, the heartache, and the despair melt away, the soil of your life will be so much richer and properly irrigated and perfect for planting.
Word of the Day:
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
Father, I need you. I know that you go before me and come behind me, but sometimes it feels like I am all alone and I don’t feel your presence. In those moments, I ask that you comfort me with a gentle reminder that you are near, that you know my struggles, and I am in your hands, in Jesus’ name, Amen.