Winter is for Waiting

While we’re waiting for spring to plant our flowers and gardens, now is the time to be pulling out seed catalogs and fixing and cleaning the tools for spring planting. If you’re in the habit of doing this, then chances are you’ve already got some perennials in the ground waiting for spring to pop up and color the world.

Spring is beautiful, and an obvious reprieve from winter; yet winter is necessary too. Here we can take a lesson from the flowers. They live as Matthew 6:28 says, And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin”. Flowers don’t worry about if they’ll bloom next spring, they leave that up to their Creator and become content in their current season.  A dormant season that offers rest to help it bloom as bright and as long as it’s expected to.

Waiting is so essential to our development that we can’t afford to see it as a delay to our plans, but rather as a place God wants for us.

We all have our different waiting games: pregnant mothers, a job promotion request, battling cancer, finding medical cures, paper jams in the copier, 5 o ‘clock traffic . . . . Yet as Matthew 6:8 says, God knows what we need and when we need it; however He knows we have a greater need to see Him as our Provider. Our Creator knows our healthy development is dependent upon waiting seasons that build in us faith, courage, strength, endurance, patience, and holiness.

Let’s be like be beautiful flower bulbs and be dependent upon our Creator to build in us what we will need in the next season to bloom beautiful and strong!