The holidays melt into memories now. Gray winter sets in, bleak. Hearts harden in freezing, slip-sliding days, and December’s benevolent attitude bends selfish.
Yes, it’s January.
Skies are gray, tempers flare on icy, snow-covered roads, and attitudes aren’t always good. But God sees, and He understands. We’re human, after all, and we humans are prone to grumbling—especially at winter’s sting.
This past week has been brutal through much of the country with wind chills dipping to the single digits and below. We’re cold. But, as Christians, we need to watch that our hearts don’t turn cold toward God and others. We need to remember that He is in the dead of winter.
Author, Shirley Ann Grau puts it this way:
“. . .winter is a kind of evangelist,
more subtle than Billy Graham, of course,
but of the same stuff.”
Winter, especially January, is the best time to search for God in unlikely places.
Try this. Use your senses this week to search for Him.
Go outside. Listen to the shapes the sounds make. Can you hear God?
Smell the brisk, clean air. Does it make you think of a world without sin?
Look at the trees standing tall and bare. Do you see how patiently they wait for God to renew them?
Feel the warmth of your thick winter coat, your hat, scarf, boots and gloves. Are you grateful for God’s provisions?
Now, go inside. Brew a cup of something hot. Spice it with love. Stir it with care. Savor it someplace quiet,
and have a nice, long talk with the Lord.
“My soul, begin this wintry month with God. The cold snows and the piercing winds all remind you that He keeps His covenant with day and night and serve to assure you that He will also keep that glorious covenant that He has made with you in the person of Christ Jesus.”
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