When 2014 dawned I found God leading me to simplify, to cut back on commitments and re-focus on the most important. I reduced my number of commitments. Yet, life kept spinning. I slowed down for spinal surgery. But, I recovered and jumped right back in. I wasn't running as much. Still, my heart felt unsettled, restless.
I hear people complain about winter. I've complained about it plenty of times myself. However, the last few years I've seen the beauty in it. No, not the snow necessarily (but if you have eyes to see, it is beautiful too) or the cold or the wind or the ice. The beauty I see in it is: the call to rest.
“Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”
We had an unseasonably warm December. But now it's January. It's well below zero today with much more wretched wind chills. A fresh layer of snow fell last night. Schools are closed (not that it matters much to us homeschoolers), roads conditions are hazardous and we don't have to go anywhere. On days like this we hunker down. Once our chores and school work are done (farmers and homeschoolers don't take snow days), we play games. We eat soup and other comfort food. We snuggle up on the couch together with a good book or movie. I enjoy time with my family!
When I find a few moments to myself, I am still. I find time to read, write, reflect and breath. I might even taken a nap. I give my mind a rest and just "be". I find rest for my harried soul.
I've had time to talk to God about what He wants for me (and my family) in 2015. I hear Him whispering, "Don't forget how good it is to rest." And I realize winter isn't all that bad. In fact, it's the season of rest God knew I needed.
I certainly am not an expert at this resting thing. It has taken me time to rein in my spinning mind and restless heart. Still, I'm glad the rest came when I saw winter as a chance to quiet my soul.
How about you? Will you spend this winter feeling restless and complaining, or will you be intentional and find rest for your soul?