I was born and raised in a tropical paradise so I didn’t have to ever deal with the perils of winter. Snow was something we heard about in movies and saw on glittery Christmas cards. I remember my husband telling me, back then, when we were just dating, how I didn’t appreciate sunshine and warmth as much as people who have to endure harsh winters. “You always have it, so you don’t know what it is like to live for long months without it,” he said to me as I felt my blood boil in offended response. For the last 20 years, however, I have lived in the land of the 4-seasons, and I have to admit that my husband might have had a point. The Lord has given me the privilege to witness how He speaks through the changing of the seasons. I have found out in person how nature surely reveals His glory, as the psalmist wrote:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19: 1-4 (NIV)
Regardless of how mild or harsh winter felt, one can’t help but rejoice on the morning that spring awakes! It is a gentle reminder that, though hardship oftentimes overwhelms us, “…his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
The grayness of winter dissipates with each passing day. My heart fills up with joy when I hear the voice of the first springtime birds’ songs as I step outside. I praise the Lord for the first signs of spring peeking through on the earth today. My mind clears as I am able to open up the windows and breathe in the clean country afternoon breeze. The sun warms my skin and makes my soul smile. I arise and sing with the Song of Songs,
1 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. 12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me. Song of Songs 2: 11-13 (NIV)
I still remember the idle days of my youth in the country of my birth. My skin was always tanned and my hair always ran wild in the tropical air. I never really missed the sun, for it was always with me. Rain would come and go, and my friend the sun would quickly come back to greet me with his bright smile. It was really once I didn’t have it in abundance that I realized what a gift it is. Now I don’t take sunshine for granted. I bask in the blessings and the greatness of our God revealed in His creation. I revered my Savior whose Word created springtime and sunshine for the joy of His children. I give thanks to Him, for He is good!
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. 4 to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. 5 who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. 6 who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. 7 who made the great lights— His love endures forever. 8 the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. 9 the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever. Psalm 136: 1-9 (NIV)
Author Bio: Christian wife and working mother of one biological and one adopted son. I am a foreign born citizen of Hispanic origin who loves this great country, and calls it her own. Above all, I seek the Lord and His Kingdom, and it is my desire to share my love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, with all who would listen. You can follow my blogs at: http://asyougrowinmyheart.blogspot.com & http://gisela-myredeemerlives.blogspot.com