It has been a while since I’ve written anything. A lot has happened in the past few months of my life. Just as winter follows spring, summer, and autumn in our seasons, so times of difficulty and change follow easier and happier times in our lives. While I might have thought that my time of winter was past when I was declared cancer-free, the reality is that another winter was around the corner, waiting to trap me in cold and despair. Honestly, I was never naive enough to think that life would hold nothing but sunshine and rainbows for me after the “Winter is Past” revelation I received and blogged about for several weeks; but little did I suspect that everything I learned over the course of my battle with cancer would be training for even bigger challenges.
This is the way of life. We have a God who loves us and gives us good things; and we have an enemy who wants to steal, kill, and destroy us; and in turn, the Lord defends and protects us. Good follows bad follows good…and so on…
We see this repeated over and over in scripture. Joseph is favored by his father, (good) but is sold by his brothers into slavery, (bad) but finds favor with his captors, (good) but is falsely accused and thrown into the dungeon, (bad) but is, in the end, liberated, vindicated, and exalted, (way good!)
Ruth is a Moabitess grafted into the family of God when she marries an Israelite, (good) but her husband dies, (bad) still she stays loyal to her mother-in-law, (good) and becomes a destitute in Naomi’s homeland, (bad) but finds favor with her kinsman redeemer, (good) who ultimately marries her, (super good!)
David is a shepherd boy, (meh) who is anointed to be king of Israel, (awesome) but spends several years serving King Saul, (yuck) while David experiences many victories, including slaying a giant, (yay) which causes Saul to try to kill him, (terrible) until he is finally given the throne, (wow) but his children betray him, the country is taken from him, he commits adultery, his child dies, and ultimately he dies, (what?) yet he is always and forever the Apple of God’s Eye and the Messiah who saves all of us is his descendent, (best ending ever!)
Spring follows winter, and just as we become accustomed to the warmth, the cold of winter returns. Yet by the grace of God we learn how to stand in faith, confess the promises of the Lord, cling to his Word, claim our abundant life, and little by little, we overcome.
I am so grateful for the lessons I learned in the winter. I will never forget the Lord’s faithfulness to stay with me, to warm and comfort and strengthen me. And when the first spring flowers begin to poke their heads out from beneath their blanket of snow, I know that, once again, my God has brought me through another winter. He always does.
I Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.