Bare tree trunks and branches this morning have replaced the multicolored foliage of just a week ago, down at the pond. It is amazing how lifeless hardwood trees appear in winter. There seems to be no clue that these are living things. They look as dead as branches on the forest floor. And there are times when we feel as if there is no life in us. We may consider those times of depression or discouragement or disillusion, even as people who have placed their trust in the Lord. It can seem in the dark days...the winter times...of our lives that we aren't even alive.
But, just like the trees down by the pond, we may appear outwardly to be without life while the presence of life, though not visible, is at work deep within. And just as the trees of winter will move through that season and emerge with tender new branches and spring leaves in several months to display the life within....so we will move through our winter and emerge to spring. The trees at the pond are not dead. The life quietly is at work within. And the Lord is quietly at work within you, even in your winter season!
Psalm 74:17 You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.