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!