The winter vice has us in its clutch. I pray to God as bitterness penetrates my soul; my spirit lies in the grips of the winter. I button up my collar and turn away from the howling winds.
It’s during this time of year that my thoughts follow my heart–it goes out to those who have lost loved ones, for bitterness reigns and the winter winds destroy the joy. We’re buried by the bitterness of the chill we hide inside as the last year has left us full of mixed emotions. Tears of joy sit framed on the dresser, though some I know are from broken hearts and relationships too. I share in your pain as well.
Yet, despite it all, God promises us that there are brighter horizons ahead and a good future with hope! Through the power of Jesus, you will be able to look forward with joy to God’s destiny on your life. So it is written….
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We will never understand or explain God’s reasoning for allowing us heartaches and losses to endure, but you must trust it is because He knows your future. Make this new year an exciting time of anticipation—waiting for God’s gifts to be bestowed upon you! Praise His name!
2 Corinthians 4: 18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
God grants His grace upon those with an open heart—those who are willing to wait for His message. I know this to be true. Those who know me personally can vouch for the hard times I suffered this time last year. But His miracles started with just a phone call in January, and the rest you could say, is history.
So, on this eve of a new and better year, the bitter sun sets for the last time in 2017. Feel the warmth in the dead of winter, and put joy in your heart. Take the time to watch our Father as he begins to create our dreams through the little flowers breaking out of the tundra. Buds on branches bring hope to those who pray that spring can’t be very far away. Yes, the snow that captures a majestic landscape portrait will soon melt like memories of the cold.
Happy New Year and hope–for brighter horizons!