Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wintertime

Winter is the coldest of all the seasons. It's bitter and even intolerable at times. The earth appears stark and bleak and the beautiful colors of spring and summer are but fleeting memories. People and animals retreat to their havens to survive the dismal days.

As I was reading Genesis 1-2 in my Bible this morning, I considered the passage in light of wintertime. "In the beginning, the earth was formless and void." I would imagine that it boasted the same starkness and bleakness that are characteristic of wintertime, but on a much grander scale. But then, God acted on the void and created life. He brought about something great from nothing.

Did you know God does the same thing in our lives today? He creates beauty out of dismal circumstances. The Lord often moves his children into wintry conditions, where things seem eerily quiet and hopeless. These are the moments of growth and creation. We must draw our strength in these times only from the Lord. And then, when the work is complete, we emerge from the void as beautiful new creatures!

13 comments:

Shannon said...

What a great post. I think I'm in that "winter time" right now while we wait for a baby.

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Well written girl! I think you may have commented on my blog a long time ago but I somehow I lost you! I just said a prayer for you and will continue to. Sounds you have such a sweet positive attitude!

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

This post applies to EVERYONE, and it's just so interesting to hear the different ways it applies. Beautifully written, my friend.

Amy said...

Your words are eloquent as always. They remind me of one of my (and my husband's) favorite verses.

2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

God Bless,
Amy:)

Weeksie50 said...

What a beautifully written post.
Thanks so much for sharing..

Rebecca Taylor said...

I love this post! Check out my post from today about Nothinsgonnastopit. I think you would LOVE it!

I can't believe you live in Tyler!! My mom and I used to do an overnight in Tyler before school started every year. :) I think we're long lost best friends!

My home - My life said...

Great post!

And by the way, you look amazing with no hair. There are not many people that could pull that off but you look just lovely.

Liz said...

You are really a very talented writer, and have such a beautiful heart. It's so funny, b/c I've never met you but I feel like I know you, like you could be my nieghbor next door.

Thanks for this post. It encouraged me today.

erinkern said...

Good thoughts for today.

podso said...

Thanks for sharing the good insight from scripture. By the way, you and your husband look great. That's quite a guy you have there.

Lindsey said...

You are an amazing writer and I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing your insight.

Melissa Ellen Tweak said...

this is a great post. i can vouch as living proof that God turns the most dismal of things wonderful. a few months back some awful stuff happened with my family - my dad was terribly sick... well, he was able to live with us for a while and i so treasure that time as an adult where I was able to see my daddy day in and day out. His health is looking up too!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!!

the undomesticated wife said...

Wow, I don't think it's a coincidence that I came to visit your blog today and read this:

"Did you know God does the same thing in our lives today? He creates beauty out of dismal circumstances. The Lord often moves his children into wintry conditions, where things seem eerily quiet and hopeless. These are the moments of growth and creation. We must draw our strength in these times only from the Lord. And then, when the work is complete, we emerge from the void as beautiful new creatures!"

Thank you! I'm in my "winter" right now, and this was just what I needed.