Persistence

 

            This winter has been colder than any I can remember.  Daytime temperatures have been mostly in the single digits and teens, and nighttime temps have been mostly below zero for several weeks in a row.  None of the snow we’ve received this winter has melted.  When we woke up this morning it was 22 below.   I bundle up well to go to the barn and do chores, leaving only my eyes exposed. 

 

             The horses have been doing remarkably well.  I’m careful not to leave them outside if it’s windy, and am grateful for my little indoor arena where they can walk around instead of being confined to stalls.  With snow engulfing the barn, I picture the horses running free on our green hillsides, knowing it is now almost two months since the earth passed the “least sunlight” mark.  Each day the sun is higher in the sky and even yesterday when it was brutally cold and windy outside, our kitchen, dining room, and family room were flooded with warm sunshine. 

 

              To me, this is an encouragement to persist in prayer, in love, or in any quality that is needed in our lives.  It may be some weeks, even months, before our efforts are rewarded, but the sunlight of Truth and Love is doing its work, and if we stick with it, we’ll see the spring thaw certainly come.  Winter cannot hold out forever.

" . . .let us not be not weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  (Galations 6:9)