You can almost bet that a few weeks ago when the first snow fell, after two years of traveling—mostly down south—, I was quite excited. When it lasted on the ground, Bud and I went outside (more than just one day of snow, too) for a snowball fight. Too bad that Bud can’t throw snow around, being a dog, but he caught on pretty quick, and was pretty good at dodging the cold white projectiles, and not quite dumb enough to try to catch them like a tennis ball.
Yesterday, to my delight, after a day of warmer and muddy weather, I watched through the window as huge white fluffy flakes came down in large numbers. I settled down that evening with a delicious mug of banana nog and a huge blondie (it’s a brownie, without chocolate), after a stressful conversation with a friend, and began to feel better and more relaxed.
The snow continued through at least part of the night and early morning. Buddy woke me up this morning, and upon taking him out, I saw that the ground, trees, and so much more were covered with a beautiful blanket of cold, but sparkly white fluff. This fluff went all the way up to his tummy.
Today, I had the pleasure of shoveling the white fluff off of the walkway. Sure, the chill bit at my fingers and toes, but I had missed these simple pleasures.
Many might think that winter is associated with death, and, in some ways it is, but there are so many misconceptions about both. Some believe in life after death. Many believe that death is the end, but the Bible compares death to sleep, such as in Psalms 13:3, and John chapter 11. The trees cast off their leaves in autum, not to die (usually), but to sleep. Bears and many other animals go into a long winter sleep, hibernation.
In the spring, animals and plants that wake from their long winter sleep bring forth new life. It is associated with the time of mating, where little baby bunnies and other adorable animals soon appear. The trees bud, bringing forth beautiful flowers and fresh, new leaves. Bright blossoms and lush greenery spring forth as seeds, flowers, and other plants awake.
Like sleep (except for that sleep in which we dream), death darkness. In death, we have no sense of awareness. “..the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) But, like sleep, some day, Christ will come again for His people, and “the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16. They shall awake out of their sleep, to live in eternal bliss with their King, Jesus Christ, a place where, “…there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” This will be a glorious time, when, like and far surpassing the beauty and freshness of spring, God will make all things new (Revelation 21:5).
So, I do not see winter as a curse, although the roads are more dangerous and the cold has caused many deaths. I see it as a time of sleep, a time of rest for the weary nature. In the spring, there shall be new life, as in the resurrection of Christ.
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