There is a love hate relationship for winter by Canadians. Some love the season and others can’t wait for it to pass by. I must admit I belonged to the latter category of people until I discovered that enjoying winter activities or simply accepting the fact that winter is part of life, makes winter more enjoyable. Walking in winter refreshes the body and mind, although one has to dress warmly to enjoy this activity. The more adventurous and younger generation enjoy winter activities such as skating, sledding, tobogganing, tubing and skiing. It is also undeniably the most beautiful season of the year.
Job 37:10 – From the breath of God ice is made, And the expanse of the waters is frozen.
Even the flimsiest of trees and plants can withstand a harsh winter. I have learnt a lot from them – that one can be battered and bruised in one season of your life and stand up strong and flourish in another season. While some die in winter, others are resistant and survive.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
It seems these days in Canada, everyone is waiting for Spring – the earth, the trees, the animals and each one of us, for reasons best known to us. We all love Winter but it is time to move on and welcome Spring. The trees seem to be yearning for warmer weather when they can burst forth into new foliage and show off their colours. The squirrels scurry in and out of their dens rustling the crisp winter leaves, their coats looking furry and warm. There are buds on the trees even in these cold temperatures that will remain dormant until Spring arrives. So are our lives, we can set aside everything that has happened in the past and move on to better, brighter hopeful and more beautiful things. There will always be a Spring after Winter. There will always be happiness, joy or good health after illness, pain, loss or hurt for each of us.
2 Corinthians 4:18 Because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.