Frequently, whenever we were anywhere where we were cold and shivering, he could be heard saying, "Don't worry Deb, Summer's comin'!" "yye...eea...aaahh...rrr...rr...ight...tttt!", would be my reply through chattering teeth.
There was a lot of wisdom in his statement however. No matter how chilling the wind, how deep the snow, how bleak the winter....there is always hope that summer is on its way. Not too many months from now we'll be splashing in the pool and complaining about the heat. As long as this earth exists, there will be seasons. And each season brings with it a purpose.
As the earth rests in preparation for Spring and the new burst of life that will spring forth from the ground, I am reminded of the preparations that go on in my heart; the work that the Lord does internally whenever he is preparing me for some new work which may help to usher in new life to His Kingdom. I pray that I will be ready for the change in season...that I will allow Him to do the work that needs done in me, so that I may be a better witness for Him. Very often I catch myself not being a very willing participant in this time of preparation. I want to jump right through to the warm breezes and sunny days...to the place of comfort. I don't want to endure the frozen ground and the chilling winds and the bundles of coats and hats and gloves...I want to press on to the sunshine and watermelon and meadows full of wildflowers and butterflies....
But, the Lord calls me to be patient. To remind me that there is a time and a season for everything. So I sit back and wait...for "summer's comin'" sooner than I think!
my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.