It’s January and we are smack in the middle of winter. The Creator of the Universe gave us the changing seasons and each has a purpose for the earth and our life. Winter is the time for quiet and rest it is the time to recharge the earth and ourselves. The landscape is a bit drab and the colors are muted but this gives our eyes rest from the bright colors of summer blossoms, green grass and vegetation. The sounds of winter are quieter too. We don’t seem to have the noisy thunderstorms and howling winds of warmer weather. When snow falls it does so in the most quiet way.
Some people have described winter as “stark” or “barren” but in that emptiness this is a quiet and stillness that gives us rest if we will allow it. I believe that our lives should reflect, in some way, the season that we are in be it Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. We should take these winter months and lighten our work load, even if just a little. We should get to bed earlier like the animals do. They take their cue from the rising and setting of the sun and the length of days. We just turn on more lights and keep burning our candle at both ends. I think Father would want us to rest more during this season.
The beginning of Psalm 37:7 instructs us this way:
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…”
“Return unto they rest O my soul for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with thee.” Psalm 116:7
I think it is interesting the we equate the Fall season with the ingathering of the harvest and with bountifulness. It is the quiet time of winter that follows the season of plenty and the Creator encourages us to rest in this season.
This is one of my simple joys to find rest and joy even in the winter season.
This year I am trying to get myself to bed earlier and to read lighthearted things before sleeping. I am trying to remember to cook easier meals and to generally give myself a bit of a rest…even though my days are filled with work.
How do you feel about following the Seasons? Do you try to slow down a bit in the winter and get busier in the Summer?
Share with us what you think and do.