It is no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am not a fan of cold weather. All those years in the Miami area set my internal thermostat to appreciate a subtropical climate. Perfect for me is a high of 92° and a low of 72° year-round. Granted, I’m not a fan of the humidity, but I will take that over freezing temperatures any time.


With that said, one of the things I have had to do since moving to Michigan is to learn to appreciate the different seasons that we experience (sometimes all in the same day) in this state.

Of course, my favorite is summer. I enjoy the whole “up North”, Michigan lake experience, thing.

But as summer begins to fade, I have to start gearing up for sweaters and sweatshirts, bonfires and changing leaves, and everything else that goes along with autumn.

The cold winds blow and Autumn gives way to winter. The first part of this season is a little easier to deal with because of the holidays. But then along comes January – April, when it seems like the cold weather and the gray skies are going to last forever.

And finally, spring arrives with all the hope and promise of life and vibrancy.

Spiritual seasons are the same I’m discovering. Although I wish that I could live in perpetual summer, spiritually speaking, the reality is God did not design it that way. Autumn is going to come followed closely by winter. Things aren’t always going to be exciting, fun, or even pleasant. Difficulties are going to come our way and we are going to have to decide on how we are going to handle them. We can gripe and complain about the cold and gray skies, or we can make a decision to enjoy the fireplace and the hot chocolate and make the best of it.

I think that’s what Paul had in mind when he wrote, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)

I am coming to understand that the key to living an abundant and overcoming Christian life is not waiting for the day when everything goes right in your life all the time, but rather, learning to embrace the season God has you in. Learn from it. Grow through it.

Most of us are in such a hurry to get through the difficult seasons of our life that we would miss the beauty – yes, I said beauty – of the season if it weren’t for the fact God will not be manipulated, by are our whining, into letting us take a shortcut through the difficulty.

Again, it was Paul who wrote, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

The key for believers is to learn to trust God with the journey. We must believe that God’s plan will never lead us to a place his grace will not sustain us. So, when the spiritual winter comes, enjoy the fireplace and the hot chocolate, and let the Holy Spirit do his work in your life.

And don’t forget, summer’s coming!




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