As I drove into Christchurch this morning, I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful colours around.  Autumn may bring cooler temperatures but when it is accompanied by such beauty I find it easy to forgive.  Winter though, that really is another story.  It may be that I am still acclimatising but the barren look of winter doesn’t cancel out the cold!
But then I thought, actually, winter isn’t a time of barrenness.  It is a time of rest.  Trees may be stripped of their leaves, plants may have their foliage die back and nests may be empty but none of those things are bad.  Trees that have just given up their harvest are resting, dahlias that have given us such joyous blooms are resting, the birds that were raised in those nests are growing….. and resting.
I am not sure what stage you feel life is like for you right now.  But if it is ‘winter’, and things seem barren – may Christ grant you the grace and wisdom to rest.  To know that your productivity defined neither your identity nor your worth to God. To learn to sit and rest, knowing that the Holy Spirit will be working in the depths, preparing for the ‘spring’ as He guides you through the seasons of your life.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land. (Song of Songs 2:11-12)