For many of us spiritual winter is a time of brutal coldness, boredom or lonliness. Generally, as a population that thrives on the hustle and bustle of summer life seasons, it can be difficult to appreciate the stillness of winter because since there is always something to do our minds are kept occupied. In contrast, during winter seasons we can’t think of anything else except the feeling of being stuck and frozen in the bitter coldness. We can eagerly long for warmer days in opposition to recognizing the usefulness of winter. I am guilty of it, I literally can’t stand winter and going through a life season of it is so painful that my gut reaction is to immediately want out! Because who wants to live with pain right? But in the book of James he clearly tells us that we should count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations. In my case I have in the past done the opposite and tried to find happiness in through escaping on a vacation or preoccupying my time with frivolous activities or tv shows so I don’t have to think about the issues of life, basically anything to not deal with the frigidness winter. From time to time I can also have spiritual tantrums where I am very angry with God instead of thanking Him for the time of spiritual growth and education while in this stage of life.
As I look back on these times in my life wether it’s being jobless, single or just going through a heartbreaking time I can recognize the necessity of embracing the stillness of winter. While this wasn’t easily done in the midst of it, I can clearly see the needed time of rest and self reflection. I also often find myself depending on God the most for answers & companionship in these times. It’s important to try and look beyond now, towards a seasonal shift while patiently waiting, growing and preparing for a time of bloom.
My advice to you, while difficult I know, is to practice knowing that this is a season bound to change and be grateful for it. You will work again, love again and feel so much joy that laughter is uncontrollable. Believe this with your heart and know it in your spirit because that is where the only meaningful truth lives.
Be blessed & live purposeFULLy