Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)”
We moved into a new home last November. For the first few months, I wondered whether to dig up an unsightly, woody vine in the garden. It’s branches were barren and void of any signs of life. A lost cause, I thought.
Imagine then, my pure delight when I walked outside and noticed the entire vine covered in green leaves! They were small, but made a big impact on my heart. What looked like a lost cause was simply waiting for its due season.
God was working deeper things I couldn’t see.
Like that vine, my soul has been weathering a long winter.
Friendships fell away, and life seemed more barren. Cold shoulders and icy words left my heart numb. Weariness set in. My soul longed for a new season.
There’s an astrological phenomenon called a “winter solstice.” It’s a day when one hemisphere of the earth experiences its shortest hours of daylight. Sometimes it’s referred to as the “longest night” of the year.
I think our souls go through a similar phenomenon — a winter soulstice, if you will. These are the dark times of life when the light of God might seem distant. When we are weary and desperate for the warmth and hope of a new season.
Do not lose heart!
There is an amazing truth about the winter solstice. As one hemisphere of the earth is going through its longest and darkest night, the other is basking in the warmth of a summer day!
God is always faithful to bring a new season — in nature, and in our lives.
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. (Gen. 8:22 NIV)”
During dark seasons, we can trust that God is cultivating the soil of our lives. We may not see the fruits of His labor right away. It might take weeks, months, or even years. But He is faithful to complete a good work in us.
Recently, I’ve begun to see the fruits God has been working in my life. Even though friendships fell away, new ones are springing to life. Through the hardships, God has been strengthening and teaching me. Again, He was working deeper things I couldn’t see.
If you are going through a winter soulstice, don’t give up. God is faithful!
In due season, you’ll see the deeper things He’s been working, and rejoice in the warmth of His love!