through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
Pain. That’s what I associate with winter, even in North Georgia. If I’m not careful, the cold can bring pain to my hands and head, and it can cause sinus infections that last for weeks. The cold temperatures translate into four or five layers of clothing; a colorful array of gloves, scarves, and hats; regular doses of hot chocolate; and watching movies underneath my snuggie (a soft, blue blanket with sleeves).
I’m a sunshine girl, so I also have to guard my attitude from turning as gray as the clouds above. Yesterday the fresh snowfall lit up my study with a radiant white light. It’s nice when God gives us some sunshine in the midst of a cold winter.
The soul has its winters too. We go through periods of isolation, coldness, or seclusion. Life’s trials can weather us, causing our joy to fade or our strength to diminish. But He who releases heaven’s storehouses of snow also shares with His children treasures of joy, peace, and grace. Do you need a little more warmth this winter?
Let these four truths sink into your heart, and bring the warmth of God’s love to your soul. Which one do you love the best?
1. God allows a trial to last only as long as it is needed.
A beloved pastor once taught this, and it brought hope for the future. Even if a trial comes my way, God won’t let it linger past the proper time. He knows how much we can handle, and staying close to Him will help us bear difficulties with grace and perseverance. When we have learned the invaluable lesson attached to the trial, helped someone else in need, or accomplished God’s will—whatever it is—we can trust Him that He will bring us on the other side of the pain or ease its effect on our souls.
2. Tomorrow is a new day to love God more than today.
Each day we share with God can grow more fulfilling and satisfying than the last one. According to Mark 12:30 and John 17:3, our purpose in life is to love God and know Him. Each day we can appreciate a new aspect of His nature and character, for He is the One who satisfies our souls (Psalm 107:9), frees us from darkness and bondage (Ps 107:14), heals us (Ps 107:20), and calms the stormy waves (Ps 107:29). Each day can be an adventure with Him because we’re sharing life with Him and following Him into opportunities to make a difference and fight the good fight.
3. We can’t see everything God can.
If God’s blessings were embodied in tiny lightning bugs, I wonder how many would be following you around today. How much “glow” would trail you as you go to work, take care of the family, and go about your daily life? Only God can see all of the good that He is working out of life’s situations. Only He can see how much good our encouraging words, acts of kindness, and faithful prayers bring to someone else’s life. Spread some glow this week by loving those around you, and trust God that He has a lot of glow coming your way.
4. We can see glimpses of our eternal home on earth.
A sojourner knows that his time in a particular town is limited. As believers in Christ, so is ours. One day we will step into heaven’s brilliant light, and while we’re here on earth, God wants us to share His Light with those around us. The struggle of good versus evil can wear on our souls, but God plants glimpses of heaven’s beauty all around us—the smile of a true friend, the laughter of children at play, the joy of a soul finding in God all that’s needed for life and victory, the love of people who care, and the truth that changes, transforms, heals, and restores. We are walking advertisements for heaven. Let’s be the best we can be—in Christ.
You may love winter and its uniqueness—snow, the crisp air, and warm, fuzzy accessories. Whether you find warmth in the season itself or not, I pray you find lasting warmth in closeness to God and the truths He has given us. May His love wrap you up in peace and joy this season, and may His Word give you hope in every season of life.
© Copyright 2018 by Katy Kauffman
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