We had been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures, and I wasn’t complaining. I knew winter would come soon enough. Then, overnight, the weather turned bitter cold, and I woke up shivering under my blanket. I found myself dreading my toes touching the cold wooden floors. On the plus side, it was finally time for our first fire in the fireplace—I could almost hear the slow crackle of the wood.
Winter can make us want to tuck in and stay warm, put the kettle on instead of going out, and finally be still. Take advantage of that feeling, friend. There is a reason there are less hours of daylight this time of year, and I think that one of them is a call for us to REST.
We all need to exhale at the end of one year before we inhale and begin another. Maybe that exhale is supposed to look a bit like laying things down. We can surrender all the things we wish we had accomplished and the desires unfulfilled.
We can give thanks for all the ways we’ve seen our God show up—the times we asked Him to and the times we had no idea we would need Him to.
He is faithful, beloved. Remember He goes before us into the future and comes behind us as our rear guard. He is the One who numbers our days. He holds all the good plans for us in His hands.
So let’s take this time to taste and see all the good things the Lord has done before rushing on to the next thing calling our name. Let’s take a moment and find our comfort and joy in Him, Christ Jesus the King.
“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him” (Psalm 62:1, NIV).