And the Iowan that cannot appreciate the beauty of a freshly falling snow is hard to find. We haul out the sleds, the snowmobiles, the snowboards and the cross country skis. And we play in it. Or we have lots of movie nights, curled on the couch in a blanket with a bowl of popcorn. And what snowfall isn’t an excuse for a big cup of hot chocolate with miniature marshmallows and maybe whipped cream?
I think Iowans are rather proud of being stalwart enough to live in a place where the air hurts your face and your nose hairs freeze. They buy monster trucks and four-wheel drive SUVs and sometimes have been known to go out in a blizzard just to prove they can.
But this winter has just about done more than a few of us in. It has been so cold for so long, with very few days of relief. Something called the polar vortex swirled down on us and hasn’t let up. The cost of propane has skyrocketed, causing many to turn down thermostats, so it is only slightly warmer inside than out. It has been too
cold to play outside. And we’re even tired of complaining.
Take heart. Our Gracious God has promised in Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
Springtime will come, with opportunities to complain anew about the rain, the mud, the
weeds in the yard …
And so with the seasons of our lives. Are you in a polar votex season? Where icy winds seem determined to whip away your faith? Hang in there, God will send a springtime again. He hasn’t forgotten you, He hasn’t stopped loving you, and he hasn’t changed His mind about the plan for your life. It is simply unfolding in His perfect way, in His perfect time.
So snuggle under the blanket, light a fire in the fireplace and rest assured – springtime will come.