What to Do When You’re In ‘Narnia’
Looking out of the window this morning at the snow covered garden; the bleakness of the bare trees against the Winter sky and birds pecking at the frozen ground, hoping to find a bit of breakfast, I thought to myself “I’m fed up with Winter now”.
I’m definitely ‘a Summer person’. We’ve had a far more snow than usual this Winter and it’s made it seem longer; colder. I started calculating in my mind how many weeks it will be until Spring. In an instant, the Lord reminded me of something; Something so simple that it made me smile. It was to be thankful that I’m in here, in the warmth of our house, not outside in the cold. Once I’d done that, I thought of something else to thank Him for, and then something else, and before I realised it, my brief feeling of despair had lifted.
Where is Our Hope?
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:16
Are you in a Winter season spiritually or circumstantially? How are you supposed to “always be joyful” when the bills are piling up, the baby is sick again, your husband has been made redundant or a loved one has had test results from the doctor that have brought a blizzard to your world?
As followers of Jesus, we have an even better promise than the coming Spring! It’s in Matthew 28:20
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Our hope and joy isn’t dependent on our circumstances changing or improving. Or even in the fact that Spring follows Winter. The hope that anchors you and I is the truth that Jesus is with us through every season of life – the harshest Winter, the gentlest Spring, the hottest Summer and saddest Autumn – the season often equated with uncertainty – the end of something, and the dread of heading into Winter – Our Faithful, All Powerful, Loving God promises “I will never leave you nor forsake you”
I had been feeling the effects of Winter this morning, both literally and figuratively, and suddenly there was His reassuring presence. He will never leave me. He will never leave you either.
“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!”
So, what do we do when we find ourselves in a long Winter? “Be joyful always”, “give thanks in all circumstances” and remember that whatever season of life I’m in, I’m not, and never will be, alone.