“You made summer and winter.”
This is the time of year that the chill of wintry weather is felt. Snow, frost, ice, and the icy air run through our homes and into our bones. This season also brings about a winter in the soul. Cold chills of unmet expectations, loss, disappointment, illness, poverty, burdens, and 100 other cares can leave us feeling coldness of the heart. Yet, even in the midst of these winters of the soul, we can take great comfort in the Psalmist’s words, “You made summer and winter.” The old preacher, Charles Spurgeon put it this way:
“Winter in the soul is by no means a comfortable season, and if it be upon thee just now it will be very painful to thee: but there is this comfort, namely, that the Lord makes it.”
The Lord is sovereign, even during the winter. Consider the wisdom and goodness of winter. The frost kills insects intent on destroying crops. The wintry air eradicates disease in forests. The frozen ground breaks up clots and slowly restores nutrients to produce Springtime growth. In the same ways, seasons of winter can have a tremendous effect on us for the good. Principally, winter makes us yearn for the warmth and glow of the fire.
Is your soul in a wintry season? If so, draw near to your Heavenly Father in a time of trouble. Let His refining fire both remove that which would harm us, and comfort us with His perfect joy and peace. Take comfort that this season is under His charge and for your good. He makes the winter, but He also makes the Springtime and Summer. It is the Winter that makes those seasons so special in our lives.
His covenant promises never fail. Springtime is coming.
Further Reading: Psalm 46
Reflection: Think back on a time where God used hardship for good in your life. Where might He me doing that now?