I’ve been silent for most of winter…sometimes you just have to walk away.
Winter rushed in roaring like a lion…harsh and bitter…seasons take time and only God can bring spring.
Days grew short…but my trials grew long. Depression added another layer of white…its claws sinking deep. The pressures of life beat hard against my family…it can all feel so dark and without hope.
One feels frozen…trapped solid in ice–unmovable, unable to escape, and escape is ones first line of defense. Caught in the snare of despair…circumstances feel hopeless. No way out…now way forward…a victim…hoodwinked by the evil one.
Planting one’s flag in despondency and discouragement is not where our Savior longs for us to stay. But there is a season for everything.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1.
…a time to heal
…a time to tear down
…a time to build up
…a time to cry
…a time to laugh
…a time to grieve
…a time to dance
…a time to embrace
…a time to turn away
…a time to search
…a time to quit searching
…a time to keep
…a time to throw away
…a time to be quiet
…and a time to speak
Although escape may feel like the only sensible thing to do, I assure you it is not. Our difficulties only go away when we face them head-on. If we run they will follow and plague us a new day.
Sometimes God ask us to sit right where we are (in the cold) and wait.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.
It is often in the dark–seemingly impossible circumstance–frozen places that God chooses to teach us humility, perseverance, and opens our eyes to our own selfishness. He gives us strength to follow His Will even when we can’t see any redeeming purpose.
God has given us free will…we get to choose our attitudes and our actions. We must take responsibility for our choices, actions, and attitude; this is how integrity and character are developed. If we choose not to take responsibility for our choices, actions, and attitude…our character has already been decided.
Character often grows in dark places. We must choose to find light in the dark places.
During my season of winter…waiting…I clung to this verse…
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.
God has given me a new verse for spring…
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9.
Before the winds of winter blew in I had shared several topics I planned to write about in the New Year; with spring on the horizon I plan to get back to writing about those topics and many more.
Blessings and grace, Kasey