by Tina Coble
As it gets colder outside, I notice everyone is beginning to prepare for the changing season. They turn on their heat in their homes, wear warmer clothes, and even prepare meals, like soup, to warm their bodies.
I began to wonder, “Do I change when I am walking through a spiritual winter season?” To be honest, this is something I struggle with. Usually when I start walking through a season of hardship, I let my flesh take over for a while. I sit and soak in a pour pitiful me attitude. Sometimes I just stand where I am and don’t change my actions.
I believe God is teaching me and others how to adjust to the different seasons in life. Like the devoted gardener who stays busy in the winter making preparations for the spring, we must tend our spiritual winters as best we can. Hopefully, when the next Winter season comes, I am more prepared than the last time.
This is what the Lord has been sharing:
“When it gets cold and hardness comes on you, do you allow the warmth of My love to pull you through? Do you get on your knees, and invite Me to come warm your situation? Do you put on praise music to allow the flow of My Spirit to change the atmosphere? Do you allow me to embrace and love you right where you are?” These are hard question. I know Jesus wants to come and warm up any cold area in our life, but it takes effort on our part to make a change in how we view our situation.
Do you put on the Armor of God to protect you just like you put on a jacket to protect you from the cold.
The Armor of God/ Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Do you trust this season will end? Do you trust I am walking with you at all times?
Be patient and resolve to wait on God. “…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Stay alert for signs of love and comfort from God. The Israelites thought God had abandoned them in the desert, yet there was a pillar of fire by night, a pillar of cloud by day, and manna every day. How dense could they be? Where did they think these miracles came from? Sometimes we feel so sorry for ourselves we fail to notice God’s love, often poured out through the actions of others.
If you are experiencing a spiritual winter now, remember this is a natural cycle and will not last forever. Don’t despair and don’t give up on God!
The seasons of nature are often reflected in the seasons of our lives and the seasons of our soul. All the spiritual giants I’ve known, personally or by reading about them, have had periods in their spiritual lives during which they felt very distant from any relationship with God. These are often called dry spells or desert times, and they can be accompanied by feelings of abandonment, despair, and confusion. So I pray that if you are walking in a Winter Season that God speaks to you right where you are to prepare/walk through this season with him.