It was BEAUTIFUL outside yesterday! The sun was shining, there was no breeze, and the temperature rose to a downright balmy 65!! While we haven’t had much snow this winter, our temperatures have been dipping well below normal. Arctic blasts keep coming in waves and we have been in the midst of the dreaded “polar vortex” sweeping down from the Arctic Circle. To sum it up: it’s been miserable. So when the sun peeked out to warm our little stretch of the Earth yesterday, we embraced it wholeheartedly.
My youngest decided it was shorts and t-shirt weather, and while I didn’t completely agree, who was I to argue with the glory of the sunshine? His one acquiescence to mama saying, “It’s not THAT warm outside!” was to leave on his snow boots. And so, we trooped outside, each to our own happy golden pursuits. My husband painted shelves in the garage. My oldest walked around imagining some great adventure. My youngest and I rode bikes and played Frisbee.
Resting on the swing set midway through the afternoon, I turned my face up to bask in the warmth the sun’s rays were radiating down. This, I thought, is a promise. Winter is going to end and light and warmth and life outside will resume once more.
In reflecting on this promise which Nature brings, I couldn’t help but think about God’s great promise of love. “For lo, I am with you always,” Jesus said, “even to the very ends of the Earth.”
“The mountains may shift, and the hills may be shaken, but my faithful love won’t shift from you, and my covenant of peace won’t be shaken”, says the Lord.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Do you see God’s amazing promise of love for us? God tells us over and over again in Scripture that He is here, that He will stay by our side, no matter what season of life we may find ourselves in. So when the winter of life seems dark and unending–when one problem after another rises–when it feels like it would be easier to just give up, let go, lay it all down–remember God’s promise of Spring. Remember God’s promise of life. Remember God.
The Arctic winds howled through the night last night, bringing the frigid temperatures back once more. Shorts and t-shirts were traded for sweats and coats and hats and gloves. But it was easier, somehow, to go out in the bitter cold this morning because I carried with me that beautiful promise of Spring.
Blessings and Peace,