Wintertime Brings God's Beauty
“He sends the snow like white wool; He scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.”
Wintertime brings the beauty and stillness of a fresh fallen snowfall; hot chocolate; woolen gloves; snow angels; sled rides; ski slopes; snowmen; and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Heidi Satterberg wrote: “God gave us spring and summer, then winter after fall. The season that is known for snow is my favorite one of all”.
However, wintertime also brings blustery cold winds. January 1, 2015 was ushered in with the temperatures below freezing for most of the United States and snow in the United Kingdom. For part of the world this time of year is deep wintertime.
In the winter a friend of mine would comment that the leafless trees were not a pleasurable sight to her. It was difficult for her to see the artistic beauty of the branches as they reached up toward the sky.
Obviously none of us have control over the weather, nor can we successfully wish the snow and ice storm away; so how does a person turn around the wintertime gloominess to create positive and warm thoughts without moving to Florida (USA) or Provence (France)?
Heidi Satterberg wrote about an example to use to chase away the grey skies: “Against the grey of winter there's color in the trees; like cardinals and blue jays and little chickadees”.
Millie Stamm wrote about an artist who changed a drab winter painting into one of pleasure as he “...drew a picture of a winter scene. The trees were heavily laden with snow. To one side of the picture was a dark, bleak-looking house. The picture gave a feeling of depression. Suddenly the artist, with a quick stroke of yellow crayon, put a light in the window of the house. The effect was magical. Immediately the scene was transformed into one of cheer”.
As God's people, seize this opportunity on this winter day to turn to His Word to develop a personal approach to brush away with a quick stroke the wintertime doldrums!
Paul states in Philippians to: “fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”. There is an action plan that produces a real thought turn-a-round, is it not?
First, “fix your thoughts” and that means in order to do that, you will need to be still and center your thoughts on God and admire His beautiful winter handiwork.
Concentrate on what the first word “true” means to you. An example for “true”, could be it is true that God created the earth, plus the earth needs to have the necessary seasons, and that includes the cold and snow. Praise Him for the beauty of the winter season, which also includes the birds perched upon the tree limbs, and the beauty of the snow.
Then quietly move down Paul's list to “honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable” and you will be surprised how quickly you will be thinking godlike thoughts which will turn the cold winds into the warmness of God's wintertime beauty.
Lord God, thank You for each season of the year. Help us to see the beauty in each one of them. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington