You know when personal growth is coming.
You can tell when things seem difficult again, when life is teaching you new lessons and you realize that growth is needed.
You just know.
I heard a sermon recently that struck a cord in my heart.
A sermon about seasons.
I walked away with this thought…
We are being blessed with winter.
I know… not really the words you want to hear right now, but you can keep reading.
I’m not talking about the crazy, cold, extremely long, actual winter we experience outside.
I’m talking about a life season. An emotional, spiritual winter that I realized we are currently walking.
When before I wondered what God was doing, as we all do during some life seasons, I now know we are in a winter season.
A personal growth span of moments between one event and another.
A different time. A quiet time. A season of waiting, feeling slightly lost, dwelling in the unknowns of life, learning to be okay with slowness.
Sometimes it is teaching, struggle and pain.
Sometimes it is rest and refreshing.
Time to snuggle down, curl up and let God do His thing behind the scenes.
Winter comes after a busy summer and the hard work of fall. When jobs are mostly done and things are prepped for spring. When daylight shortens and nights lengthen. Dark seems to cover more ground.
Winter is when the plants let go, dry up, back down, say goodbye until spring awakens them again.
Winter can seem like things are dying.
Winter is when the trees and bushes and other plants rest in the darkness, thrive in the cold and let their roots grow deeper to find new places of water and nutrients.
Looking at our life in terms of these seasons has shown us that we are feeling winter.
The slow moving, personal growth moments before our next big event.
Instead of wasting away the seemingly dark hours, we want to dig in, experience deep growth, feel God at work in new ways and trust that He is doing things behind the scenes that we can’t see.
As winter gives natural rest to all growing things, so this season of winter is giving us the blessing of rest.
The blessing of allowing our spiritual, emotional and relational roots to grow strong and deep as they search for things that aren’t so readily available on the surface.
Rest. Quiet. Purposed evaluation of all the personal growth happening in our lives.
Deeper views, stronger processes, preparation for what is to come.
Because up next is Spring. New growth. New experiences. New life. New struggles. New trials. New travels. New places.
So, we wait for spring, knowing it is coming. Winter that is personal growth in the making.
Choose to be blessed with a winter of trusting, loving, waiting, growing and knowing that God is moving even when we can’t see it.
Reading, studying, building, living, resting, investing in our family, our marriage, our girls, our ministry, our relationship with God.
So that when spring comes, we will be ready.
Ready to spring ahead, jump into the newness and fully walk in God’s calling on our lives.
Have you been blessed with winter?
Do you need winter?
Are you fighting the personal growth of winter instead of allowing God to use it for your good?