Winter’s wrath can be brutal–damaging and leaving debris in its wake.
Last summer my daughter and I went to Canada for a Mother/Daughter Retreat. Winters in Northern Canada are extremely harsh…bitter cold, mountains of white, and frozen lakes. Only the very season stay and endure winter’s wrath…the rest make their way south and wait out the winter in a less hostile environment.
The campground, Prairie Bee, where my daughter and I spent a week in Canada taking in the beauty of God’s creation has to be made ready every spring for the summer visitors. A crew of five or six men make their way to Prairie Bee (a five mile boat ride from shore) make an assessment of all that winter has undone and get to work…like busy bees–lol, making repairs…readying the camp for summer guests. A few years back the men were greeted with a mangled and nearly non-existing boat dock…the freezing and unfreezing of the lake had extracted a heavy toll.
Just as winter can inflict a heavy toll on nature…winter can pack a powerful punch on one’s body, mind, and spirit. We, like Jesus, will experience pain from a winter gone long.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 1 Peter 4:1.
When winter’s wrath descends upon one’s person, repairs and allowances need to be made. Just as it takes time to rebuild a boat dock it can take time for one’s heart, mind, and spirit to recover after a season of suffering.
Healing may take more than a season. We must give ourselves grace to pull back, rest and restore our body, mind, and spirit. A season of quiet (a time just between us and the Lord) may be just what we need to enter into a season of summer.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30.