Be still and know that God is God everyday!
Winter stinks sometimes. There is no way of getting around it. I know some people like winter, but seeing a big dark dirty melting snow pile in a parking lot on a gloomy February day is very depressing. Call a spade a spade. Winter can be very cold, dark, and gloomy at times. In fact many people struggle with the winter blues. It is a season when much of nature has hibernated, gone dormant or died. It is sometimes hard to keep moving forward and staying positive during the winter months. Especially this winter after two years of COVID pandemic all around the world.
"Be still and know that I am God," writes the psalmist. Does God just want us to put our heads down and plow through winter? Perhaps we should just try to ignore winter? Maybe we should take the attitude of, "Don't worry about it, it will all be over soon. It is not all bad. Just turn that frown upside down." However, maybe it is best for our spiritual health to embrace the dark gloomy times in life rather than to try and avoid them. Perhaps God calls us to fully experience the really difficult things in life? Maybe it is healthy to encounter darkness, gloominess, and even death? Not necessarily to change bad into good, or to say that these times are intended by God, or that they are ok. They are not. Darkness, gloom, and death are awful. There is no way of getting around it, but we still need to experience these winter events of life. Perhaps not necessarily to gain intellectual knowledge, but rather to deepen our spiritual and emotional wisdom. God truly is in all things, around all things, and beyond all things.
Thus, God is present in the darkness. God is there in the cold gloomy days. Jesus descended to the dead. God gives unique spiritual blessings for each of us, even on the most difficult days on our journey. Be still and know that God is God over all things. Thank God!
“Be still, and know that I am God…" Psalm 46:10