Winter’s End

Winter’s End
by Joni Eareckson Tada
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”  
Ecclesiastes 3:11
I’m getting tired of winter. But not the winter you are used to. In southern California, the season is one long stretch of balmy, sunny days. Oh, how I miss the cold, wet winters back in my home state of Maryland.
I’ve been nagging Ken to drive me up to Lone Pine, California, a little town on the edge of the high desert near the base of the snowy Sierra Mountains. The road is one long, straight line across the desert and you can see Lone Pine long before you come to it. When you arrive, it’s just a couple of Victorian houses, a few stoplights, and a corner café called BoBo’s Bonanza. But the highlight is the awesome view of the towering Sierras at the edge of town. An icy downdraft from the mountains takes your breath away… and I love it!
I’m longing for a change of seasons. And just like I’m wishing for snow, you are most likely pining for the caress of a warm, sunny day. How good of God to make us such “seasonal” people. We enjoy change, and having been imprinted with the image of the Creator, we love variety. God has set eternity in our hearts and we simply must move forward like the changing of seasons.
So hang in there until Spring. I may get my drive up to Lone Pine before the snow melts off the peaks. You may see warmer, sunnier days on the horizon. There’s a time for everything, and God promises that your days will be beautiful… in His time.
Lord of winter and spring, I praise You for making everything beautiful in its time. Give me patience to wait for change in my life.
Joni and Friends
Taken from Diamonds in the Dust
Copyright © 1993
By Joni Eareckson Tada
Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.
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