Winter’s Wrath

Winter’s wrath can be brutal–damaging and leaving debris in its wake.

Power lines down, telephone poles snapped, pot-holes dug deep, roofs collapsed, shingles strewn here and there…IMG_8503a

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.

Blessings, Kasey

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14 thoughts on “Winter’s Wrath

  1. Sharing the grace of Jesus with others, and accepting it for ourselves is not always easy, but so important for restoration. I like how this pictures Spring as a season of restoration. Grace to you, dear friend!

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  2. Giving ourselves grace is vital to rebuilding and replenishing and healing. Yet, why is it so hard to do for ourselves when we can give it to others? I am grateful to have come by from Laura’s.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    • Linda, Giving ourselves grace is so important to healing; I think, however, when we are deep within a season of difficulty we don’t always recognize our need for grace and healing. We are so focused on making it through the season that we don’t realize how much it has taken from us. Thankfully we have a God who knows what we need and directs us to the path of healing. Grace and peace to you, Kasey

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    • Ginger, When we are in the trenches…mucking out a hard season we don’t always realize how much of our strength has been taken. We don’t always recognize we need to rest, restore, and heal. Once God gives us the wisdom to see that we need a time of stepping back and healing we must give ourselves grace to do so. Even Jesus took time away to be with the Father. Thank you for sharing an encouragement. Have a blessed day, Kasey

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  3. Hi Kasey! Visiting from Word Filled Wednesday. That was a good analogy. When we are going through a winter we have the hope that Spring is coming! I live in Canada, but I live in the most southern part so our winters are not that extreme. But even here, we complain. I kept telling people that it wouldn’t last forever and one day soon we’ll be walking in the sun, and now we are! Have a blessed week! Diane
    http://parlorroomponderings.blogspot.ca/

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    • Diane, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I fell in love with Canada last summer…beauty! Plan to take another trip this summer to breathe in God’s magnificent creations. Blessings and grace, Kasey

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  4. God has been talking to me about seasons. Such a good reminder that healing (or anything, really) may not happen in our time, in our defined seasons. God has a way of redefining seasons but his timing is always perfect. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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  5. What a great post and I appreciate you sharing it with us at Good Morning Mondays. Sometimes we need to sit back and allow God to give us His perfect rest and peace. Blessings

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    • Sarah, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Canada was beautiful…plan to visit again this summer. It was near perfect where we stayed…all except for the mosquitoes. They are fierce…not like the mosquitoes we have in the US. Blessings and grace, Kasey

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