As you may know, I love to travel. It brings me joy to be able to see the beauty of other cities and parts of the country. The night before I was due to travel, all of Serbia had a bid snow. It wasn’t a storm or anything, but there was a LOT of snow on the ground. Another thing you might know about me if you have known me for any length of time is that I LOVE to watch it snow…but I don’t like being out in it. I am a little clumsy, so I am always worried that I will slip and fall!
So, I was kind of dreading the travel to go see my friend because of the snow. I wasn’t sure of how I would be able to get around, or if the bus was going to get stuck on the road on our way there. But one thing I have learned since moving here: places that get snow often have the equipment to clear roads to make them safe to drive on. And there are these things called winter tires! Who knew?
After being on the road for about 10 minutes, I realized that there wasn’t anything to worry about, so I was able to relax a bit more. When I am on a journey of any sort, I have my earbuds in with a playlist that I have chosen specifically for that trip. As I was enjoying my music, I was looking out the window, and I was amazed at the beauty! I am literally living in a winter wonderland right now! Like, I could be inside of a snow globe or a storybook.
Seeing the beauty of the winter snow got me thinking about these verses: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:1,11a
I know that I don’t have much appreciation for winter usually…not the beauty of it, anyway. I don’t like being hot, so I like winter because of the cooler temperatures, but I always miss seeing the leaves on the trees and seeing the sun! But there is actually a lot of beauty in the winter if we just look for it. And maybe you don’t live somewhere that gets snow. That’s okay, there is still beauty around you and the season we are in has a purpose. And maybe that purpose is to help us appreciate the other seasons we have!
I think we can apply this to our lives as well. We have some seasons where we feel like we are thriving and flourishing, maybe like spring or summer, and other seasons that just seem dark, dull, and gray, like winter. But we can choose joy and look for God in our difficult circumstances because He is always there and always moving, even if we can’t tell in the moment. I hope that this gives YOU hope. There is a reason for every season and He uses everything for His greater purpose.