I thought about last year, when I not only prepared myself for winter – but helped others prepare as well. Whether it was preparing water pipes, chopping wood, or picking up nuts, I helped those around me get ready for the season ahead.
Knowing God often speaks spiritual things to me through natural processes, I felt strongly God was showing me something vital. Not only should we prepare ourselves for winter, but we should help others prepare as well. Hence my article today.
There are seasons in our spiritual life, winter being one of them.
Spiritually, winter represents a dormant time in our life. A time where there is no visible growth. We may even feel that we are not hearing God clearly during the winter seasons. It often feels cold and isolated.
Since everything seems dead in winter, it can be one of the most uncomfortable seasons we experience.
However, it is also a time when, if we allow it, our roots will go down deep into Him searching for living water.
Winter season is a time to find your comfort in the Comforter. It is in the winter season we find the voice of the Comforter is the only one that will bring life to us. All other voices will sound like pure noise.
It is a time to become intimate with God, to snuggle in with Him. To shut out the world and cultivate intimacy. A time to build your foundation in Him alone.
The deepest revelation and the best messages come from winter seasons of our life.
Second hand spiritual knowledge will not sustain you during winter seasons. Being around spiritual people will not be enough. A prophetic word will not suffice. If you are okay with getting a prophetic word fix, you will have a hard time during winter seasons. For it is a time to learn to discern His voice. It is a time for deep intimacy with God. Intimacy with God will give you something nothing else can. No prophetic word will give you what intimacy will.
Winter season is also a time of waiting…and we can learn to wait well by developing intimacy with God.
I love all seasons. Even winter. To me, the quiet of winter is deeply soothing.
I love sitting on my back porch watching the snow. I love the silence of the snow. It gently falls to the ground as it covers everything. It brings a sense of serenity that you can feel deep in your soul. That’s what I think of when I think of winter.
It is the same with God. During the winter seasons of our life, if we will allow Him to, He will take us to a deep place of serenity. If we learn to wait well during winter. If we choose to develop intimacy with Him during winter. If we allow His presence to gently come upon us until we are fully covered in Him, we will experience that deep quiet of our soul that I am talking about.
How, then, do we spiritually prepare for winter seasons?
Check our hearts, make sure there is nothing in our heart that will cause us to stumble during the winter season. Make sure our faith in God and His faithfulness is intact.
Don’t allow our faith or our passion for God to grow cold. Keep a continual fire burning by meditating daily in the word of God. Cultivate a heart of thanksgiving and praise. Spend time in His presence.
Colossians 2:7 says; Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
As our roots grow down deep into Him, our lives become built on Him. Our faith grows and remains strong and we reach a time of overflow. This…is the fruit of winter seasons.
So, grab a warm cup of tea and the good book. Settle in. Winter is here! And it can be the most fruitful season of your life.
Meditate on this:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Eccl. 3:1