Because It Is Your Will

When it comes to winter, I am a bit of an expert on the subject. Except for a four year hiatus, I have spent every winter of my life in Minnesota which has a reputation for long and severe winters even though the place where I was born is about five miles closer to the equator than it is to the north pole. Hmm...

It is not uncommon for the first permanent snow of the season to arrive sometime in November and not exit until April. Far from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and no mountain ranges, brutally cold air masses known as "Alberta Clippers" regularly come screaming down from the arctic throughout the winter. I know all about winter and being so cold that the inside of your bones seem to hurt (bone-chilling is not just a figure of speech) and you cup your hand over your nose so that the air you inhale isn't quite as cold and won't make your lungs hurt as much.

Yet despite all of this... I really do love winter.

Years ago, I came across this poem by Robert Burns, entitled "Winter: A Dirge"

The wintry west extends his blast,
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw:
While, tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.

"The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,"
The joyless winter day
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!

Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfil,
Here firm I rest; they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I want-O do Thou grant
This one request of mine!-
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.

In Minnesota, it is a given that winter will come. No amount of wishing will change that nor is there anything we can do to stop it from coming. You can either hole up for six or seven months or you can accept it and make the most of it. When you do so, you may even discover that there are good things about winter and things that you can only fully experience in winter.

Winter also teaches you a great deal. Those who experience the harsh winters really know how to appreciate like songbirds, green grass, leaves, flowers and soft warm breezes. We try to "stock-up" on those things because we know it will only be a matter of time before they are gone and we will not see them again for months. The promise that spring will come again helps sustain us through the long, cold and dark winter.

In our lives, we sometimes must experience "winter".  Sometimes it is brief and mild but sometimes it is harsh, bitter and seemingly endless. Spring is like a distant memory or perhaps even a dream. This is when we must hold fast to God and accept the fact that He has a purpose for "winter" whether we understand it or not. We must learn to yield to God's will and accept the fact that He knows best and we must remember... winter will not last forever.

 

Blessings!

K

 

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Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

In every sense of the word how true this is.

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Gee and here I thought our winters can be bad

wmj

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Billy Beard @billyb ·

Is this an early sales drive for the 'Minnesota snow kits'? I aint't a gonna want one, if it is :mrgreen:

Seriously now, I got the spiritual teaching in your blog. And yes, God is still the same God, and just as Almighty, in either the spiritual or natural winters of this life. God Bless. Good blog. billy

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

Robert Burns is one of my favorite poets, and I cannot tell you how much I love and appreciate this particular poem; especially the lines below:

[blockquote]The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!

Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfil,
Here firm I rest; they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I want-O do Thou grant
This one request of mine!-
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.[/blockquote]

The flowing cadence and masterful articulation [in Scottish Brogue] with which the poem is read beautifully underscores the profoundness of the talent of Burns, because when a great poetic work is read -- by the right voice -- the words come to life in a new way.

Great selection of poetic work and video to accentuate the spirituality of your theme. I love this blog!

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