I’m grateful to no longer live in the land of always winter – that was my home state of Michigan. (At least that’s how it often seemed!) Always winter, but with Christmas! I much prefer southern Italy, where winters are mild and rare snow quickly melts. Only on our distant mountains does it last all winter.
I do not like winter, you see. Spring’s my favorite season. I love the new life and fresh start. All my favorite movies, in fact, are about new beginnings with a chance to try again. (Especially old Disney movies!) Perhaps because I have so often needed new beginnings in my own life. But I don’t like winter, snow, or cold – except in movies!
But winter has come
To my surprise winter has come to me. It really did come as a surprise, strange though it may seem! 🙄 I guess I thought either fall was eternal, or that winter started at age 70. But not at 60! Not too logical perhaps, considering the average lifespan, but it’s what I thought! (Math and numbers are not my strong point.) 😉
So anyway, it astounded me to discover that since I’m in my 60s, I’m now officially into winter. My least favorite season of all!
I’ve been reading a lot lately on life’s seasons. Because I notice that as the years pass, life and time seem to slip through our fingers ever more quickly.
Remember how quickly life is passing by…
Finding the beauty in all life’s seasons
According to Aristotle (acclaimed for great wisdom), it’s sometimes necessary to experience the unpleasant in order to see the beauty. Life is often like that. But thankfully, we can often find beauty in the midst of it all.
Like winter. We may dread the cold and snow. And even more the colds and flu. Yet winter is beautiful in its own way. The wonder and beauty of snowflakes. Christmas carols. Steaming cups of herbal tea and evenings by the fire. Beauty mixed with unpleasantness.
Embrace all seasons
God wants us to embrace all of life. The wanted and the unwanted, the good and the bad. Along with all of life’s seasons including winter, even with the wrinkles and old age.
Not that I greatly mind getting old. (Good thing – since it’s inevitable!) But I do mind that LIFE is slipping through my fingers. The years with family and friends becoming fewer. Less time left to create memories and touch the lives of others. That I do mind.
Yet life’s winter also brings us closer to eternity, where nothing will ever slip through our fingers again, where we will never again have to embrace the unwanted. And where, best of all, we’ll finally see our Savior face to face.
And then I found a quote which I think holds a key to understanding the beauty of life’s winter.
Springtime and summer are life’s seasons of wonder, everything fresh and new. The whole world to discover and explore. It’s when we become who we are – and hopefully who we should be in Christ.
But the interesting thing about seasons is that with each passing one a new layer gets added to our life. Winter seems somewhat dead and lifeless. Yet it holds the seeds of all our past springs and summers somewhere in its depth. And our lifeless trees will one day spring to life again.
In our own life’s winter we find life slipping away, and it can seem nothing but a seaon of loss.
But I’ve come to see that it can be a season of great fruitfulness. We have all the lessons and memories of the past to treasure, and transform into blessing and wisdom in the lives of others. Turning winter into a season of hope, joy, and dignity. A life well lived that leaves behind a worthy legacy when the last snowflake falls.
So let’s keep the richness of spring and summer ever alive in our hearts. While also embracing winter and whatever it blows in, appreciating all that comes our way. For beauty can be found in everything, even cold and snow!
To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold. (Aristotle)Tweet