17. Struggling is good for you (3)

As part of the theme 'struggling is good for you' I would like to add one more thing. As I am writing this we are nearing the end of winter. I am so glad that this winter is over. Spring is in the air and I can feel a sense of excitement all around me. The birds are singing, new leaves are coming out, small beautiful flowers are starting to bloom and the people around me is metaphorically speaking coming out of their holes. Everyone has a sense of energy filling the air around us, people are starting to exercise again, the children are playing outside for longer periods and organizations are getting ready to hosts functions and carnivals. It is an exciting time. A time to breathe in deeply and enjoy the life that the Lord so graciously gives us.

This made me stop and think. Would we have enjoyed spring so much if there never was a winter? Would there still be a buzz in the air? Would we feel full of energy again, if we never experienced the deadness of winter? I don't think so.

My sister and her husband worked in the Cayman Islands for 3 years. And those of you that know the Caymans, know that they don't really have a winter. There are times when it is a bit cooler than usual, but overall it is warm all year round. My sister and her husband missed in effect four winters due to the timing that they went to the Caymans. They came back last year and this is the first time they had winter again in 4 years. And I know that they will enjoy this spring with much more intensity than ever before! They will appreciate the summer again, much more so than they did in Cayman when all they had was summer.

We therefore need the winter to appreciate the summer. We need the winter to feel excited about the summer. We need it in order to see the leaves sprouting again, we need it in order to see the growth in nature and we need it in order to understand things in our lives better. The 'winters' in our lives hurt, and it is a dreary time, it could be cold and lonely, but it is sometimes necessary to get us ready to enjoy the summer time that lies ahead. And if we look at nature, what does it do in winter? It rests. Maybe we need the 'winter times' in our lives to come to a standstill and rest. Rest and pray, look up to God and seek the answers from Him. He will provide you with the answers you need and He will work into your life what He deems for your good. And one thing you can be certain of is that spring is right around the corner!

Lord thank you for the winter times in our lives. We know it hurts, but thank you that You work all things together for our good. In Jesus Name. Amen

2 comments for “17. Struggling is good for you (3)”

  1. Gravatar of Louina MaraisLouina Marais
    Posted Monday, 19 September 2011 at 11:04:30 AM

    It's like the eagle you described the other day. When it flies high it just hovers, not clapping its wings and resting. It just confirms again, when it is time for winter, take a step back, let the Lord guide you and rest in Him! Thanks Ilze

  2. Gravatar of mariska fordmariska ford
    Posted Monday, 19 September 2011 at 2:55:26 PM

    To know the truth really sets u free! I've had a lot of questions in my heart regarding all the prosperity teachings going around. Struggling sometimes are seen as a sign of little faith or even sin in your life.. Although this may be true,it's liberating to know that struggling is actually GOOD for u! Thanks Ilze.

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