Most of the tundra is located north of the Arctic Circle – in the Frigid Zone – the coldest regions of the earth.
Rich Reid and Norbert Rosing
As winter approaches, the nights grow longer and colder as snow and ice cover the earth. The ground freezes solid.
Desolate. Barren. Empty.
Pain is like that.
Who knew this far removed region of the earth would dance with color? About 400 wildflower species announces to the world that desolation is only temporary.
The existence of pain does not mean God isn’t real. We accept winter and spring. One does not negate the other.
The arrival of spring brings comfort and tells us that God is with us.
Read nature! It helps explain life.
Every year, I am amazed at the transformation that takes place from winter to spring. Ice and snow seem ripped away, exposing scarred lawns of dead grass. Lifeless trees look ghostly against the sky. And mud is everywhere, making everything look dirty.
But then, it happens.
The prelude begins with fresh, green shoots poking out from beneath dead leaves. Delicate buds form on the tree limbs. The mud disappears. And the gentle rain washes everything new.
Life is like that.
There are seasons of waiting, wondering, and yes, even weeping. Times of feeling like everything has been stripped away, leaving you exposed.
It won’t last forever.
God figured hope in the equation. And just like the hope of spring is a certainty, whatever you are going through will change – for certain.
Tomorrow is a new day. A new season awaits you.
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See my beautiful tulips?
And my fragrant white and pink peonies?
And here is my pride and joy – forsythia.
You don’t see them? I don’t either. Not yet. But they are there. Because without fail, every spring, this little garden spot is alive with wonderful colors and textures.
Underneath the frozen ground is life waiting to be born. A blanket of snow covers and protects the earth as it sleeps. And spring never disappoints. It is always faithful, giving us a glimpse of how God works.
Is there something in you waiting to be born? Has winter gone on so long it has frozen your heart to believing it can get better?
There is a truth that stands no matter if we believe it or not. God is good. He doesn’t think like we do. Months turn into years and we wonder, when?
Time and time again I have seen God take the worst of situations and make something good out of it.
Photo Credit: Kathy Moulton
When daffodils make their appearance after a long winter, not only do they announce spring’s arrival, but they bring cheer. Who can not help but smile?
Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble. But be of good cheer! I have overcome the world.”
That means God has the final say.
We don’t have to wait until that day to be cheerful. We can be cheerful now.
Cheerfulness can only come when we know God is watching over everything. It gives us a sense of relief when we know this.
Even in the depths of despair, don’t be afraid to smile. It will cheer your heart and help you heal.
It never ceases to amaze me.
With predictability, without any assistance, the earth knows what to do.
The earth can tell us a lot if we’re looking.
Hope springs eternal.
It’s not over even if it looks like it.
Be happy! And stay hopeful.
It seems as if nothing will get better.
Looking at nature, we can learn much about life.
The earth is always renewing. Winters are long and all looks barren.
But beneath the earth there is life waiting to make its appearance.
Your life may look barren.
It won’t always be that way.
The hope of spring is always in sight!
Spring is on it’s way!!
And so are brighter days!
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Laying below the frozen earth there is life.
At first glance, something may look barren.
But since the beginning of time, the earth is constant…
revealing the predictability of God’s design.
If God cares for the earth, how much more does he care about you?
Winter doesn’t last forever.
Cheer up! Spring is on it’s way!
Sometimes, life feels like the long, cold days of winter. There are cozy moments of watching half-dollar sized snowflakes drift while sipping a cup of frothy, hot chocolate. But most of the time, our activities may be limited as we endure the monotony of chipping ice off our windshields, darkness at 4pm, and paying fuel bills.
But, spring is coming. It always comes. It never misses. Ever.
Jesus said the natural world helps us understand spiritual things – those things pertaining to God.
You may be in the “winter” of life with many concerns that are covered with a blanket of uncertainty. Maybe you feel stuck between where you were and where you are going.
Whatever it is, spring will come. Just when you least expect it, something will change. Wait for it with expectancy!