The Son Shines through the Barren Winter

SAM_2272Uncertainty about the future makes me feel helpless and very tired. But I think it’s a way that Jesus beckons me closer.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” Prov. 3:5-6.

I think God is teaching me contentment but at the same time giving me a longing for more.  During this season of in between it is easy to not really pay attention to the present and want to race ahead, but though it is uncomfortable is still there for a reason. Winter is a time when the world is dormant but underneath the surface the world is preparing for her awakening.

I’m so used to a microwaved world. I boast about my high ambitions to eat healthier this year, avoid excessive sugar, and give more for God’s glory. However……I have a loooong ways to go. Each dream and each resolution that I put in place requires determination, time, and prayer. However lessons of faith,  contentment, and trust are life long lessons that cannot be microwaved. Maybe you long for answers about your job, a family member, or that pressing matter on your heart. Take heart dear friend, God knows the burden you carry, He knows the hairs of your head by name. “Casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7. We cannot always see why God does things the way He does or in the timing that He does ,but He is faithful.  I think most the time we cannot see beneath the surface. You may have no idea how your words or actions could point others to Christ or unconsciously cause them to turn away. Keep seeking Jesus. Keep taking your hurts back to the cross. Maybe you too are in the land of in between but continue being faithful to Him. Though life on earth is painful and at time confusing, there are no eternal regrets to a life completely surrendered to Him.

“ For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,”says the LORD, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” Is. 55:8-9.

 

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