In Denmark, there is a saying that goes like this: “There’s no such thing has bad weather, just the wrong clothing!” It’s been a steep learning curve figuring out the different types of outdoor clothing needed when facing the harsh elements that a Scandinavian Winter brings!
Times of challenge, hardship and pain can feel so harsh – like your soul is being battered by stormy winds, torrential rain and freezing temperatures all at once. It’s not fun at all! And I’m so sorry if you are facing a Winter season right now in an area of your life.
James 1:2-5 (NIV) says:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
This may be hard to read, but while we often focus more on external circumstances, God is actually more focused on what’s happening on the inside of us.
Winter is an invitation to persevere through challenge & wait patiently for change.
The stormy winds will soon come to an end. The torrential rains will cease. The freezing temperatures will warm up again. Keep on going. Allow your character to be strengthened so you can step into the next season ready for whatever God has in store for you!