As I transitioned from adolescence, into adulthood, I began to hate winter and pretty much everything associated with it. Growing up in DC, there wasn’t too much snow, but there was just enough that I was very familiar with it and just little enough that what snow came, seemed to shut the entire city down. I remember how horrific a simple trip to the supermarket could be just before, during or after a snowstorm. To get away from the bitter cold, I decided to go to FL for college- then I missed the changed of seasons (insert eye roll).
For the last 9 years, we’ve lived in New Jersey. It gets really cold. A totally different cold from DC and definitely more snow than DC but nothing stops. I remember taking voice over classes in NY during one winter. It snowed and my DC frame of mind said there would be no class. Then I got a call from “Uncle Roy” (my teacher). When he asked where I was, I thought he was joking but I was fully expected to show up, despite the weather. I thought he’d confused me with the mail carrier.
Every winter here hasn’t been so bad but dealing with the bitter cold, the slipping and sliding, the near head on collision with a tree with a screaming infant in the back seat, the sweet babies who insist on coming earthside just before, during or just after a snowstorm, the fact that my air traffic controlling husband is almost always having to go to work regardless of the weather- started to really take a toll on me. I began to hate winter and would dread the start of each snow storm that found my husband having to be out in it. There was so much to hate about it.
This last year has been one of major changes for me so, I thought I’d see what I could do about changing my perspective and attitude towards winter. I normally only like spring, but this year as we grew our own vegetables for the first time, I grew to love summer. Now that Autumn is coming to a close, I can say it has made its way into my affections as well with all the beautiful colors, the wonderful food, and how the temperatures are pretty perfect-not blazing hot but not freezing cold. Although winter isn’t technically here for a few more weeks, you can’t convince me it’s not winter since we’ve already had a few days of snow. Today, I had to take a two-hour drive to visit a client NW of me. I listened to Family Talk on xm radio and happily drove along. That’s when I noticed the beauty that permeates the winter season
No joke, I hated the season so much that I never noticed how beautiful it really is, it looks so peaceful, so tranquil and quiet. As soon as I noticed the beauty of it, I heard the beginning of Ecclesiastes 3, starting with the first verse, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Then, I thought of how God’s love covers us and Isaiah 1: 18 came to mind, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” The snow-covered ground and trees made me remember how He has covered my sins, cleansed me of all unrighteousness and made me righteous simply because I believe and trust in Him.
My mind then turned to the idea of sleep- how precious sleep is, and how necessary it is for our well-being. I began to thank Him for winter, for a time when the nights are longer, it’s colder, so that’s a reason for the many hot baths we’re all enjoying in our home and the way it forces one to slow down a bit and rest. Resting in Him is one of the most wonderful things I learned to do this year. Talk about transformation!! I see winter as an open invitation to rest in Him, spend time just being and reflect on all He has done. I’m so grateful that it took only for me to want to see this one season differently, and like always, He has met me where I am and helped me along. What an amazing Daddy! I can’t wait to see what else he shows me!