Over the Christmas holidays my wife and I were able to spend some time in Florida with two of our kids and their families. While we live in Colorado, which is one of the greatest places to live in the country, there are times during the winter snows that it is nice to have family in Florida.
There is something about laying on the beach in the sun that is conducive to talking, planning, and considering new opportunities for the next year. However, returning from 80 degree weather back to where life was in the 20’s, can temper that optimism. But why? I honestly believe that there is an element of trust involved.
When we are in the middle of spring or summer, when the trees are budding, the flowers are in bloom, and we see signs of new life everywhere, contemplating possibilities is easy. But when the grass is brown, the trees are barren, and life seems to be hibernating, we may find ourselves struggling to believe that fresh life and opportunities are really on the horizon. And yet, be assured that they are.
While it may be the winter season right now, and more importantly, if you feel as though you are in a dark and cold season in life, know that there is new life on the way. Spring is around the corner if you will have faith and trust that it is coming. And similarly, we serve a God who says, as the prophet Jeremiah quoted, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Have faith and trust, not the season, but the One who made the season.