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As I walk along our little piece of earth on our cold snow-trodden paths created by both human and animal alike, I am in continual wonder of God’s power and the secrets that nature holds. Not all of what the Lord shares with us arrives from His Word. Stop and listen . . . look around . . . let what you think you know be still.

There is so much that I will never understand. There are times, however, when I am alone in nature, either in the woods or in my own yard, that I begin to see and hear what He is trying to teach us.

Winter is a magical time where nature rests and prepares for the bringing of life. Some may see winter as dismal and cold. The frozen earth tells me that I need to rest to prepare for what is next.

Nature shows us that in death life is possible again. We can live again. When we lose those closest to our hearts, we can live again—though never in the same way. Each year returns in anew. And like God’s promise, when we leave here, we will live anew with Him.

Know that deep in the center of the sleeping tree, its heart is still filled with warmth and possibility of what is next. Though the freeze may crack and break some limbs, the tree heals itself and prepares for Spring.

Under the layers of frozen snow and frozen ground, nature is preparing for life. As the tree rests, a fertile foundation is renewed. Without these steps of life, all that grows and prospers will be weakened.

Thus, I must plan now and not wait for the fast approaching Spring. Nature has shown by its example that I must use this time to not bundle and hunker down, but rather prepare. Like my friends, the tall trees, I will keep a warm heart.

Job has offered many words of wisdom at the heels of his faults. Therefore, through Job, I hear His words: “From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast” (Job 37:9-10). Job further shares the gift of patience and understanding from that which comes from the heavens :

“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’

And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’

“He seals the hand of every man,

That all men may know His work. (Job 37:6-10)

When we moved to our home more than three years ago, a neighbor that I had known for 20 years, walked over to my house in greeting. He looked at me and said, “Kik [Kiki], you are going to love this place. Every season offers something different and amazing. The years that we have lived here, we love driving by to see what is next.” He was more than correct.

Though it may not look like the lushness of summer, remember that all which is worth your attention and love is right there in front of you waiting for what’s next. And, yes, the beautiful colors of His pallet will return.

Many blessings,

Kelly Kiki

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