Thursday, August 10, 2017

When Winter Comes

The early morning sunshine beckons.  I reach for my heavy sweater and scarf.  Outside in the brisk air, I breathe in the fragrance of autumn and head toward the woods behind our house.  As I advance deeper into the woods, the stillness of morning is complete.  The occasional whisper of rustling leaves is the only sound.  The almost bare trees raise their branches in supplication, as a flock of geese flies south without a herald of warning.  The world seems to be suspended in time and holding its breath in anticipation.  I find a fallen tree and sit down to rest.  I begin to contemplate the changing seasons, and how they correlate to God's love for us.  Matthew 24: 32-33 Jesus uses a parable about the seasons to let us know the signs to look for when his coming is near.  He has rule over everything in our lives.  If we have faith in his love and trust him, he guides us through all the seasons of life--he protects us in our innocence,  he gives us strength during our productive years, he prepares us to persevere during middle age and gives us hope in later years.  Unlike the seasons, God's love is constant and unchanging.

Genesis 8:22 ESV 

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Also read: 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22  
Matthew 24: 32-33 
Psalm 1: 3 
Daniel 2: 21

Prayer:  Merciful Father,  we hold our arms up in supplication and pray that we learn to trust in your never-changing love.  Amen

Published in Penned from the Heart 2015


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    1. Thank you so much for all your encouraging words,

  2. Knowing He is with us through the seasons is so encouraging. I approach some of the physical seasons with dread, but am learning to look forward to each new season of life with anticipation of His handiwork. Autumn has begun, it seems. Great beauty and abundant blessings! Thanks, Nellie! Beautiful thoughts today.

    1. Thank you so much, Paul, for taking time to read and comment. It is inspiring when someone acknowledges our work. Praise the Lord. He is good.