We all wait during the winter, don’t we?
We wait for color to pop during our ‘I spy with my little eye’ walks.
We wait for daylight to stretch longer.
As we wait, we place our hope in the One who never changes.
Jesus knows winter is taxing. Less Vitamin D. Colder temperatures condense joy to bundled moments. The doldrum of gray days sap our motivation. Farms need ground water but cannot sell frozen-thawed fruit and veggies. Travel is more tenuous: slippy grounds, thick blizzardy winds.
The Maker of Ice knows.
“Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?” (Job 38:28-30).Tweet
Let’s pause a moment and allow our hearts to fill with awe and wonder.
That only a God who loves us so would give us winter!
I fully admit shoveling is hard work, but I relish in the early morning peeks of freshly fallen snow.
In every season, there is blessing. Let’s not miss a single one. Lift your hands to heaven in thanks.Tweet
I just tried to explain to our Jackson how seasons in God’s Kingdom don’t follow our four season schedule. As most of you know, he has been in a difficult season with his physical health. We meet with a surgeon next week to hear about his upcoming surgery. After the surgeon called me at home and explained things, he encouraged my mama heart with, “This is good news. We have a treatment that will help Jackson.”
Even when the “good news” does not look like healing without surgery, even when your Action Jackson who kicked his fast feet in your belly will have to wait until 9th grade to play basketball again, even when winter drags on in the midst of a pandemic and you can’t go too many places safely …
you still lift your hands to heaven~
I still love my Lord first even though~
I remember His faithfulness, His full-bodied and soul protection that He has given each one of us Dibbles~
“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown dawn its place. that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? The earth takes shape like clay under a seal, its features stand out like those of a garment” (Job 38:12-14).
Then, I just get on my spiritual knees and say,
Yes, Lord, however You dress the earth, whatever way You choose to grow my character and that of each of our family, Yes, Lord, be it storm or calm, I will praise You. You are worthy of ALL my praise.
And I remember His Word about waiting:
“I’m sure I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: stay with God” (Psalm 27:13-14 MSG).
Tomorrow we meet our new puppy. If God says it is a match, we adopt him TOMORROW!
Our wait for four paws is coming to a close. Soon, very soon, I will be able to share our new addition.
Breathing, praying, thanking and working. God may confirm our puppy choice, but we have to put the crate together and continue to pour out compassion as we prepare for his arrival 🙂
I would love to hear your waiting story. Has God answered a long-time prayer? And remember the concept of waiting is all relative. Braedon, Jackson and I have waited for a dog for a bunch of years. Jackson has waited for improved health and hope for his physical body for about 1 year, but I am going to guess that 1 year wait has felt longer than the say 4 year wait for the dog.
No matter how long you have waited, we know God doesn’t leave. In fact, I wonder if the pandemic drags on because God is waiting for more hearts to turn to Him. Surely, Jesus has not returned yet, so He is still waiting.
Have a beauty-full winter day, no matter the weather.
In His love,
P.S. All photos are mine.