Let’s Not Forget: The Goodness of Winter
Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
There is a time for visible fruitfulness in our lives which also indicates that there are seasons with no visible fruitfulness.
Failure to understand God’s working in seasons can cause us to assume that our moments of euphoria are what the Christian life is meant to be.
Jesus was not afraid to embrace the changing spiritual seasons of His life.
He flowed with God’s moving, responsive in each season. The seasons are designed by God to teach you about you.
Winter brings much needed rest and restaging to the vine, and without it the vine could not recycle to harvest.
2 Corinthians 10:12: “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”
We do ourselves and God no service when we are always frustrated by what God is not doing in our lives, instead of participating in what He is doing.
Winter is where the growth cycle begins. When circumstance turns against us, when nothing seems to be happening, we wonder if we will be fruitful again.
Most of us prefer to hide the fading. Don’t let anyone see it and they won’t know harvest is over.
If you look for visible fruit in the middle of winter you will by that definition be a failure.
Winter is a glorious time when God reshapes us from the effects of ministry past to release us to more fruitful days ahead.