I know it is the peak of summer! But I wrote in my journal: “I do not understand the purpose of the dark days of winter.” I was dreading a winter, a winter of my spirit. But as I reflected on this, I realised that winter was as much a part of my life as summer was.
In retrospect, winter has shaped my character, strengthened my faith, taught me to be content in the Lord, built endurance in me, shown me my heart and my natural desire to avoid pain. There is purpose in the dark days of winter, they bring great spiritual growth, but I still dread them.
The very next day, I wrote down Psalm 91:1-2 in my journal with the following emphasis:
She who DWELLS in the shelter of the Most High, will REST in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I will trust.
I dreaded the valley of the winter, but I could hide myself in Him. This trust in Him is what would carry me through all the dangers and fears of life. To “dwell” and “rest” in His presence, to take shelter there and rest in his shadow.
Animals hibernate during winter, they DWELL in a shelter and REST in a shadow of their own winter refuge or fortress. If I was going to move through the dark days of winter, it was best to “hibernate” with the Lord.
Then later in verse 14, I wrote down: “Because she loves me” says the Lord, “I will rescue her, I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name.”
- Answer her (v15)
- Be with her in trouble (v15)
- Deliver her (v15)
- Honor her (v15)
- Satisfy her with long life (v16)
- Show her my salvation (v16)
I reminded myself that He will also save you (v3); cover you and be loyal to you(v4); protect you (v4); you will not fear (v5); you will see it, but not experience it (v8). Even His angels will be commanded to guard you and not allow harm to come to you (v11-12) and no enemy will ever overcome you (v13).
All of this if I DWELL and REST, with Him. In the dark days of winter.
Lord I find comfort for my fears in your Word, knowing that You look out for me because I love You. Thank you for the tenderness of Your love for me that You provide a safe place for my spirit in the dark days of winter. Help me to stay close to you, to dwell and rest there where You are. In Jesus Name.
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