Sometimes we see Winter as just a cold, dreary time we have to endure until Spring makes its glorious appearance.  I, too, look forward to Springtime but I think we should also take time to look at the beauty of Winter and understand that it is a vital part of God’s wonderful plan.  An atheist once said: “There is no purpose for winter unless you believe in God and if that is so, ask Him”.  That’s a very backward way to look at it, for if you look at what happens in Winter it will encourage you to see God’s handiwork.


                Winter is a time when all of nature takes a needed break.  Trees and plants go into dormancy, recharging and preparing for a bountiful spring.  Without a certain amount of freezing temperatures, fruit trees will not produce a good quantity and quality of fruit. Flowering trees will not be as vibrant without a season of cold weather. Oaks, maples, and poplars wouldn’t have as many or as large leaves to shade the forest grounds that produce other plants. Cold temperatures even decrease the presence of certain insects and pests that would make otherwise pleasant times outside in the spring somewhat miserable.


                Winters differ in areas, and that is a good thing. Yes, a winter in Hawaii will be more pleasant to humans but try growing apples there. A certain variety will grow, but they are much smaller and arguably not as tasty or diverse. You want good apples? Try Washington state or Tennessee. On the other hand, I wouldn’t try a pineapple farm in Minnesota.


                Cold weather isn’t comfortable but at the same time we look forward to hot chocolate while sitting by a fireplace or having a steaming bowl of soup or chili on a cold winter’s night.  It’s all good.  God knew what He was doing when he formed the seasons and if we take the time to enjoy the gray landscapes and chilly weather while God does His work through nature, we can appreciate His magnificent creation even more year around as we see the perfectness of God’s provision for us.


Say good things about your Savior and His Church on the Bluff.


Bro. Tony