It has been such a long winter. Freezing cold temps followed by snow in the middle of April, one can wonder when winter will stop and spring will begin.
Today I woke up to a sunrise that was breathtaking, and also snow falling to the ground. I don’t think I’ve ever seen green grass with a light dusting of snow over the top of it. It was such an amazing sight to SEE. Amazing to SEE the beauty that can be found when the new mixes in with the old. How two seasons can collide into one. What a sight it was for sure!
It was such a reflection of where I feel my life is right now. Often when the seasons mix we feel we should side with one or the other, instead of seeing the beauty of them both. Good things are happening, and God continues to speak words of redemption and love into my life. But sometimes, in the midst of the good, I can get entangled with the fear when winter creeps in. The reminder of life coming undone keeps drifting in and out of my sight. One minute my eyes are opened to the revelation of the NEW only to be distracted by the reality of the bitter cold that seems to linger on.
It really does seem to linger on. But when the fresh snow mixes with fresh green grass we start to SEE NEW beautiful things we have never seen before.
I so believe that God is so multifaceted that it’s impossible for just one person to know all of the ways of God. Each of us experience God in different ways, through our pain, and our triumphs, we can introduce people to a whole other facet of a God they have never seen before.
The seasons mixing together has helped me to understand God in ways I never did before. It has helped me to SEE that the winter and the cold, or even life coming undone, has redemptive qualities, too. It’s a lesson I’ve never experienced before, but now I have.
I always feared certain things because I wondered if I would be able to “get through.” But perfect love casts out fear, and when we SEE His love even in the midst of our trials then we have this amazing opportunity to find our JOY instead of succumbing to our temptations, or our grief.