Winters here in Minnesota are a lot harder than they used to be. Before we moved to Colorado, winters were so normal. They were just another season, and life went on. I never thought about it. I didn’t hate the bitter cold and early nights – I was used to it. I mean, it did happen every year.
I always enjoyed and loved winter. I’d make my home cozy with candles, bundle up and go on walks, ice skate, ski…we just adapted!
In Colorado, the snow didn’t stick. The sun was out all the time. We would have plenty of warm days where we could hike in just a sweater. It was really like a cooler, darker fall than a winter. And I was never trapped indoors. It would snow, we’d have a cold spell, and bam: before you knew it we’d be out walking the trails again.
Coming back to Minnesota, I don’t know how I’m going to survive a lifetime of these winters.
I guess the saying is true: you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. I fell in love with the great outdoors when we were living out there, so it’s been a real challenge, to put it nicely, to have to stay cooped up inside for four to five straight months.
There are some good lessons to be learned in this though, because the fact is that this is where God has us now. I spent my first two years here in Minnesota kicking and screaming, and it got me nowhere. All it did was prolong the pain and make life almost unbearable. Hindsight is always 20/20, so now that I see how my actions in the past affected me, I can begin to make a change. I don’t really know exactly what changes need to be made, but the first step has been taken. I know the problem. So I now I need to get to work on a solution.
It’s so important to press on through every tough situation, and to come to the point where you refuse to stay stuck. There is no way I am going to live the rest of my life thinking that the highlight is already behind me. There is another common saying that says: where He guides, He provides. I believe this is true. Some days I can say it with joy, some days I can only hold it close to my broken heart, but it is the phrase that needs to stay at the forefront of my mind. Because in the big picture, who am I apart from Christ? What is my life apart from his plan? To abide in his love, to trust in his promises, and to believe that he has a wonderful plan for me is all I need to do.
And of course, I’ve been enjoying my life here so much more now that I’ve accepted it and have begun looking earnestly and eagerly for what God has for me here. Maybe I’ll even enjoy winter again someday.
I’ll make it, and you will too, if we can encourage one another to keep our roots growing ever deeper in Christ, and to stay the course and believe in his promises. Keep your head up and enjoy the change. Excitedly look for the new things that will refresh your soul. The best is yet to come.