There’s not much we have to wait on in our modern society. But nature reminds us there is a way things work, and the rhythms of God’s kingdom won’t always happen on our timeline. We must learn to wait patiently through the winter even as we prepare for the spring.
Winter is a season of cessation and rest – a holy pause. Not much is happening on the surface and it might seem pointless. But this rhythm gives nature time to rest and reset before its next season of growth, as these cold dark months will eventually give way to spring at just the right time. And because of this confident expectation, nature has no need to worry and can wait in hope. And wisdom reminds us to do the same.
For instance, sometimes we’re ready for a breakthrough in our work, relationships, or life itself. And, of course, we must do our due diligence – not being lazy and faithfully cultivating the good we desire. At the same time, there are moments in which we’ve done all we can do and we must now simply wait. While we don’t yet see the fruit of our efforts, we trust God is bringing new life at just the right time.
All the same, waiting doesn’t mean doing nothing. Even in the winter we can prepare ourselves for the coming spring. For example, we might continue to seek healing for the broken places in our story, gain knowledge and wisdom that will serve us in the future, and proactively care for those domains of our life not currently in winter.
Whatever it looks like, we don’t have to fret and worry when things seem barren and not moving on our timeline. When we’ve been faithful to the work given to us, this might simply be a season of winter we must patiently endure.
In the end, don’t rush winter as it has its place in God’s economy. Do the work needed beforehand and make the most of your time throughout. But wait patiently and do not worry. Spring comes at just the right time.