Last night I lay in bed listening to the wind howling.  It was throwing sheets of rain from the sky and thunder rumbled through the trees and echoed in my bedroom.  I could not sleep.  Not because I was afraid because I am accustomed to tropical thunderstorms, and I love the sound of thunder rolling through the skies while the earth greedily gulps down each and every drop that falls.

When I got up this morning large, fluffy, white flakes of snow were falling on the ground threatening to dampen all hopes of spring.  Blossoms were out on the trees last week and the sun was blazing in all its glory.  Now one week later we drop 50 degrees in temperature and are blighted by snow.  So we have winter in May! 

Sometimes life is like that!  Our lives are rolling along and the air is full of hope and promise - spring is everywhere.  And then one morning we wake up and boom everything has changed.  We find ourselves in the midst of winter. The problem is that most of us do not feel prepared for the sudden change of season.  We were not expecting it - we feel the force of the blow of winter with all its velocity. 

I know the feeling.  My dad often says, "Life doesn't alter in a minute, it can change in a split second."  Some of us know that feeling.  Sitting in the doctor's office and being informed that we have cancer.  Hearing the doorbell ring to bring you news of the death of a loved one.  Waking up to find the partner you have loved is gone.  All of this is devastating for the soul.

So when winter arrives in the spring I need to remind myself of a few things. 

Firstly, God knew about this season.  I may have been caught off guard but God never is.  God is never taken by surprise.  That is a deep comfort to me - He knows everything.  Secondly, He will never leave me or forsake me.  That is the promise in His Word.  He is with me through this difficult season.  Thirdly, all seasons have an ending.  This season will pass and a new one will dawn.  Finally, God often does more in the winter season of my life than any other time.  Yes, it is painful and I long for the time to pass.  However, as I reflect  on life, it is these cold and dismal seasons that have molded me and shaped me into the person I am today.

So, if you suddenly find that you are living in the winter, and it has surprised you how quickly snow has covered all the blossom in your life - remember God knew about this time, and He will walk with you through each and every snow drop, through the howling wind, the striking lightning and thunderous booming.  He will be there until the sun peeks through the clouds and ushers in a new season.

Look up my friend, He is with you!

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,