Winter is definitely upon us. Today was a whopping 10° in my neck of the woods. No matter how you slice it, that’s cold. As I thought about the colder days ahead, I remembered a day last winter when it was 15° below with the wind-chill factor. It was early in the morning and I had to feed the chicken. I can’t tell you how much I didn’t want to go outside and how unhappy I was that I had no choice.
I bundled up with all that I could put on and still move, then set out to brave the cold. The first few minutes were, let’s just say, less than comfortable. Once Penny (my chicken) was taken care of, I decided to bring in some firewood and restock the rack. All the trudging back and forth in the thick snow, carrying heavy wood warmed me up quite comfortably. Strangely, I didn’t want to go back inside so I sat on the steps and enjoyed the beauty of the morning. My dear little chicken was eating, the wood piles were taken care of, the view was breathtaking and the sun made the snow glisten as if it were littered with tiny jewels. I thanked God for kicking my sorry carcass outside to experience such a moment and to learn some valuable lessons.
Thinking Over Tea
I sat with a cup of hot tea and thought about my time outside. My comfortable, warm spot on the couch made it difficult to imagine there would be any pleasure out there in the bitter cold. Yet, even though the work was hard I experienced joy in the doing of it and a sense of accomplishment when it was finished.
I find that I put things off because they’re difficult and dread and avoid things or circumstances that may be painful; only to find that the more painful part of the circumstance was the worry and dread. I am reminded that even Jesus looked beyond His circumstances, Heb. 12:2- “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I also found that just as my layers of clothing enabled me to withstand the cold weather, I need to be similarly insulated to withstand the cold realities of life. Not everything will be easy but God has provided a means of protection to help us deal with life’s difficulties. Eph. 6:13- Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
How About You
Are you facing something that seems insurmountable? Dreading a battle that is looming before you? Don’t give up. Put on your armor, look beyond your circumstance and plow through; remembering Paul’s encouragement in Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
God bless you and keep you,
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You can read more about the armor of God in Ephesians 6.