Grey Sky and White Snow
Winter Depression is a real experience; it effects some more than others. Perhaps the greatest contributor is a constant, never-ending, day-after-day grey sky. There is something about the constant hiding of the sun that takes a toll on our minds, attitudes, perhaps even our souls. In contrast, a fresh snow is an unmatched beauty. That white blanket is a brilliant solace in the midst of the darkest of winters. Yet, it is quite rare to have that powdery covering without the same grey sky that provokes depression.
Life is no different than the winter season. Trials come upon us all, sometimes in an unrelenting way. These trials often stunt our lives like the unyielding grey covering the sun. However, the Christian has a solace in the midst of testing. The solace is the presence, protection, and purpose of our God. As a result, God provides the Christian with the greatest of joy in the midst of the very thing that often brings so much sorrow. In the same way we rejoice when there is a snow—even though the grey clouds remain—the Christian rejoices in the Lord though the trial is still before him.
Here are some passages to that end:
James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Rom. 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Enjoy the snow!