Why We Really Need All this Winter

January 5, 2012

in Everyday Lessons

We drive down the lane and I can still remember the way the trees looked just a few months ago, bright red and orange in all their glory.  And if I shut my eyes, I can picture them back in July, brilliant green and strong under the glow of the hot sun.  I see the small buds of brown on the ends of these naked winter trees and can even remember the way they looked last spring, each twig finished with soft white petals that danced in the May breezes.

Today, those bare branches stand up against the fierce winter wind and hang on when the hard ice hangs on to them.  And these days, these winter days, when the tree looks helpless and somewhat sad, the roots dig down deeper and grow wider.  All the other seasons grant us color to see and fruit to taste.  But without the winter and all these cold, harsh days, there’d be no color or fruit at all.

“It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit because there is no winter there.”  John Bunyan

When the storms come and even the small everyday sufferings wear you down, let God use the winter to root you deep down.  Let God use the hidden trials of today to hide in you all that’s necessary to bear fruit for tomorrow.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  Romans 5:3-5

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