Winter Season Of Joy — a season of reflection. Winter season brings joy as we anticipate the coming spring. It’s a season to hibernate for some and greater activity for others. When the nights are long and the days are short, and the temperatures drop we tend to curl up inside our warm houses, perhaps sitting by the fireplace reading and drinking hot chocolate.
Those who despise winter, at least for some of us who live in the North we tend to complain about it. We stare at weather reports and see how much snow will come, and how cold are the temperatures. We’re actually dependent on this knowledge, and often our life depends on it. It’s better to be prepared than be surprised by sudden weather change, and get stranded somewhere.
How can we benefit from times of inactivity during the winter season?
Perhaps we like to do things that keep us healthy or keep our minds stimulated. But most of all we can spend time with the Lord by reading his Word and prayer. By allowing the Lord to speak to our spirit man and directing our thoughts to think on His goodness and grace.
When life situations happen we will be ready to lay the problems at his feet, and trust his wisdom to help us walk the right path.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11
Yesterday when my granddaughter informed me that winter is now her favorite season I was totally shocked. She had liked summer before this. As one who likes to ask questions it’s easy to get a long verbal response from her. For a barely eight-year-old she’s full of intelligent responses. Grandma listened with interest as she went on with her lecture about the seasons. Through her imagination she explained the emotions for each season, which I’ve already forgotten, all but one, joy.
Winter is called Joy.
How is winter joyful?
Other than the winter sports enthusiasts I find very few reasons to celebrate winter at my mature age right now. After thinking about it I had an epiphany. As we trudged the snow and ice-covered paths, I found a reason to be joyful. I was spending quality time with her. She was loving it. Thankfulness welled in my heart as we played king in castle (snow sculptures) where granny was the servant and she was the king, or actually the queen.
Building this relationship invigorated me about life. Once again I was reminded to be grateful for the little things, and even the snow. Winter is joy. How else would I have known how to rejoice in the winter season?
Often we meditate about our regrets or think negative thoughts about the season we’re in without consciously living in the present. Enjoying the present and letting go of past failures brings joy into our hearts, even in the cold winter season.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Contentment in any situation brings joy. Uncontrolled negative thoughts not rob us of this joy, but they also affect our emotional, mental and physical health. Our mind is the battleground. We have the power to think on good things in every circumstance. By taking charge of our thoughts we can enjoy the present, even in our least-favorite winter season. Remember winter is joy.
What do you like about winter? What activities do you like to do in the winter?
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