The Dead of Winter

Years ago the Lord birthed in my spirit some very exciting dreams. I did what the Lord told me to do to prepare for these things. I held strong in faith knowing God is faithful and all things are in His timing. Then I started to grow frustrated and felt the Lord had forgotten me. Struggling to remember that with God nothing is impossible. He challenged me by telling me to trust Him. I saw nothing happening with my human eyes and was tempted to think nothing is happening. Yet, I know God works in the quiet and stillness just as much as He works when we see motion.

2012_02_24_15_01Lately it’s been bitterly cold here. Dangerously cold. I was in my quiet time the other morning and heard a strange sound that broke the silence of the dead of winter. At first I thought my ears were playing tricks on me. So I sat very still and listened. To my surprise I heard a bird singing a beautiful song as if it were a sunny spring morning. He sang his a song for a minute or two, then was quite again. This unusual sound at this time of year sang hope to my heart. Hope that the promise of spring is coming. Hope that there is an end to the bone chilling cold. A reminder that life will blossom on the land soon.

Then his song went further and birthed hope to my spirit. Sometimes it feels that the P1010519Lord has forgotten me and left me in the dead of winter. That all my promises and dreams are as good a dead. It’s so still…I see nothing happening and all I feel is abandoned and cold. But this birds song reminded me that though the landscape seems lifeless, there is more going on than I can see. I was reminded that the Lord is still caring for me just as He is caring for this bird. That He still sees me and more importantly is right there with me, no matter how cold life gets. I was given hope that one day I will see a spring in my spirit, when all the Lord has promised me is brought to life. And our eyes will see in the natural what I’ve only seen with my spirit. Until then I can do as this bird did and break the blues of my spiritual winter by doing what I was created to do and give glory to God.

Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! Isaiah 49:15

“For I now the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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