We have had some very cold temperatures here on the east coast of the United States. Yesterday, going out was out of the question for me because it was 18 degrees F (-7 degrees C). There is still snow left over from the last storm we had and walking outside makes you feel like you are walking in a desert of snow. When I walk to the mailbox it is like I am walking to a far away destination and I can barely make it. Sometimes when we are going through difficult times, we are under the impression that we are walking in a winter desert. Everything feels cold. We can barely walk and we can barely move. I had this interesting vision when I was praying yesterday morning. I saw myself walking in the snow in extremely cold weather and I had a big bag on my back. I had a hat on, gloves and a warm jacket. It was brutally cold but I was able to walk. It dawned on me that there are times when we are going through a very cold season but we have what it takes to make it. God gives us a hat, gloves, boots, a scarf, and a warm jacket so that we can make progress and get places even though it is very cold. You might be going through an extreme winter now and I am here to tell you that God will get you out of your winter. He will give you the ability to stay warm and to keep going and He will eventually put an end to those cold temperatures in your life.
Your extreme winter can be a pile of bills, health issues, a spiritual dry spell, problems at work or in your family. All these things can make you feel cold and you can’t get warm enough. You can’t think straight and you can’t see yourself out of it. You have a hard time imagining that spring will come and you settle for this harsh weather. The truth is that God is with you in every season. He never promised that it would be summer all year. He also never said that you would have to fend for yourself in the winter. What He promised is that no matter what is going on in your life, He has already defeated it and there is always a way out. He is your way out. He is your solution. He won’t get you out of your winter just yet but He will keep you warm through this season. He has a hat for you. You wear His hat every time you spend time in His Word. His Word influences your mind in a positive way and it keeps your head in the warmth of His promises. He has scarf for you. His scarf prevents you from getting a sore throat from negative words. He has given you the words to speak that will keep you inside His house of positivity. Wear the scarf of positive words and the cold won’t affect what you say. He has boots for you. His boots are the boots of faith. They allow you to walk when it’s cold and they keep you from slipping and falling. The boots of faith give you strength to take one step at a time even when you don’t know what’s ahead.
God has great gloves for you. Your hands will stay warm when you put on the gloves of praise. Praise with your hands lifted up. Allow the gloves of praise to keep your hands and your heart warm. When you touch something cold, something that makes you feel sad, remember that you have the gloves of praise and raise your hands. Sing the pain. Praise the sadness away. God’s gloves will help you. The warm jacket of salvation is a shield. It is a shield against the attacks of the enemy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper because you have the jacket of salvation. You are a child of God and you are rightfully seated in heavenly places. The cold darts of the enemy can’t touch you and they can’t harm you. You belong to Jesus and your salvation is real 24/7. That jacket has pockets of joy, peace and love so keep your hands in your pockets and you will have the power to face the cold spells. The peace of the Lord will keep you steady in your faith. His joy will give you the strength to remain joyful even when it’s -7 degrees. His love will surround you and protect you all the time. Keep walking with God in this winter season. He will bless you and shelter you. He is going to get you out this cold so don’t lose hope. This winter won’t last forever but God’s love for you will. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 31:6; Zephania 3:17; Matthew 28:20