Words of Hope and Faith for the Weary

Winter is Here

 Winter is Here

 

Although I am fortunate to have no snow now, the cold seeking into my home leaves me frozen, and to warm myself, I use a small heater by my feet and allow the central heating system to run at seventy degrees. This temperature might seem hot to many, but I am from a warm climate and the winter days in Canada easily chill my skin. The cold of the air, and the frost on the ground, I saw while walking my puppy this morning, reminds me that winter is here.  In these cold days and freezing nights, I like most only want to remain in the warmth of my home, and if not careful, I find myself tempted to become isolated in my mind, and grumpy, thus removing myself from others while only desiring the sanctuary of my home.

A psychology major, I like to watch people, not to see what they look like or what they are wearing, but consider how they behave; I have grown to understand that, I am not alone in these feelings. Having lived in Alaska and the Yukon, I know that there are people tucked away in their homes, enclosed in by the thick blankets of snow upon the ground, which suffer severe mental disturbances during the cold months.  Most never reach the desolation of “cabin fever;” however, the winter blues are more common, and a display of emotional distance and anger is present. Bundled up in their warm clothing, no longer exposing their bodies in a skimpy dress that barely hide any skin, it appears as if the wintry fashions, also keep them emotionally smothered, and on edge. Alternatively, maybe, it is just the uncomfortableness of the icy bite in the air, and the struggle to stay warm that removes any resemblance of well-being within them.

It seems that when winter arrives, also comes a mild outbreak of bleakness, prohibiting people from obtaining peaceable interactions with others, as if the cold attacks their emotions as well as their bodies. It removes their smiles and delightful moods, of many, that were noticeable in the warm times.  Nevertheless, there is a group of people whom I always observe with beams on their faces year-round, and always have a kind word to say regardless of the situation or how cold it is. This group remains calm, keeping the smile on their faces, and showing their love for others, while those suffering from the winter blues glare angrily, hoping to intimidate with their icy stares while waiting for any reason to complain or show aggression.

Individuals with the peace know God, through the gift of Jesus, allow the grace God and His mercy to warm their spirits, supplying a form of serenity which cannot be understood. I always know these people, because I constantly encounter them in my job; they are the ones that wait patiently and chat happily while purchasing insurance. Although sometimes there are computer hitches, and they lack wealth to pay the large amounts of money, they never stop with their kindness; they maintain their strong faith that God will supply the funds for the insurance payment when required. The harmony in their hearts, can only be obtained by the loving help of the Holy Spirit.

Rom 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” In the cold winter or warm summers, the support of God is always with me when I allow it. There is a comfort from the Holy Spirit within me that assures me everything will be all right, even when there is harshness around. Just hold on and trust in God and His goodness, He tells me, and for sure I can tell you that God is good to those that love him. The great part is, this peace can be obtained at any time or anywhere; but, I must listen to my inward voice, and not the ruckus of the world around me. “It was at the time of isolation that I found God and felt his love,” one man testified in a movie I recently saw. This statement ministered to my heart because I know that it is true. It is not during the times when my mind is busy that God ministers to my heart, but in times when I quiet my thoughts and listen to His comforting words; it is only then I can interact with others, and help them in God’s love. God is a gentleman; he will not yell at me or force me to hear His words of well-being.

The same is true for you, too.

1Ki 19:11-12 “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” Regularly the Bible reminds me to slow down and listen because God has something to say to give me peace; nevertheless, not a perfect being, sometimes the conditions of the world try to overwhelm me. During these times, I must remind myself to slow down and allow God’s comfort to swathe over me, and regardless of the weather conditions, the Holy Spirit’s love and reassurance helps me.

God has that peace for you too; remember there is nothing impossible for God.