It’s the winter season. It’s a season of dreariness, cold, and storms. It’s a season of depression, drinking, and loneliness. It’s a season that most people just try to get through. But it’s also, according to Andy Williams, the “hap-happiest season of all”! At least that’s what people think when the winter is starting and Christmas is in full swing. But a month later, when the winter is plowing on through February most everyone is ready for it to be over!
So what is there to like about winter anyway? What is there to be learned about God and his goodness from this cold gray season? I know that God speaks to us through every season so now let’s look for the hidden messages found in the winter season. To do this, I’d like to walk you through the days of creation this week, to see what we can learn together. Here goes!
Day One “Let there be light”
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5).
Winter exists because the earth is tilted 23.5 degrees on its axis. It’s tilting away from the sun during the winter season and tilting toward the sun in the summer season. Even though this seasonal variation of sunlight and darkness exists, the amount of sunlight averages out the same all over the earth whether you live on the equator or on the north pole. It’s just distributed differently.
The days and nights on the equator are 12 hours long in every season. The poles, on the other hand, have extreme variations. On the north pole it’s dark 24 hours a day during this time of the year and light 24 hours a day during the summer. These extreme variations in sunlight create extremes of climate which is all too obvious.
But here’s the strange thing about the winter season.. During the winter the earth is actually 3.1 million miles closer to the sun than in the summer! So even though we are closer to the sun during the winter we are actually colder and the reason is simply because we are tilted away from the sun the most during the winter season. Nature is interesting!
Gentlemen, God has a special message for you that connects your spiritual experience with this nature observation. Jesus often used nature object lessons to teach deep spiritual truths and it’s still one of the most powerful ways he uses to connect your heart and mind.
If you will take a few minutes to reflect on what God is saying to you through his “still small voice” I think you will be excited and amazed. Read through the Questions to Consider prompts and then write down his message to you in a journal. You’ll be glad you did!
Questions to Consider:
- General Application – What is the most common cause of spiritual winter?
- Personal Application – Have you ever felt spiritually cold? What season are you feeling right now?
- Bible Application – What scriptures come to mind that relate to what God is speaking to you?
- Personal Action – What can you do to move toward the warmth of God’s goodness?
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