A song in winter

With Winter still hanging on for a last fight, it’s hard to believe Spring is really “official” this Thursday. I was thinking about the faint song of the birds in the distance despite the weather forecast of flurries and despite the horrible chill in the air. When I think of winter I think of hibernation. Heated blankets, candles burning, DVDs, pajamas, that is the only way I feel I can cope with this season. And yet the birds outside my window seem to be jabbering away. The birds see something I don’t.

I think in a lot of ways it’s hard to sing a song of praise for a season that hasn’t arrived yet. And yet like a bird I feel like there are days where my soul might be winterized but the spirit within me is still singing knowing what is to come.

I was thinking about this when I was singing a new song from Hillsong (not yet on CD) which most people are referring to as “Heaven and Earth”:

“By his stripes we are healed

By his death we can live

In Jesus’ name

In Jesus’ name 

All oppression will cease

Every captive released

In Jesus’ name in Jesus’ name”

I love that song and it reminds me that even though all around us it dark and cloudy and cold winter, that freedom from the cold is around the corner. And in our own personal lives glory is coming.

We all know the story of Job and it’s amazing that although he had every right to feel sorry for himself or to doubt God he refused:

20 Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped:

21 Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth.
God gives, God takes.
    God’s name be ever blessed.

22 Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.

So I will sing that song knowing all chains will be broken because of the power of Jesus’ name. I will sing because I might still be in my Winter but I know my Spring is coming. And I will continue to sing that song long after my season has passed because I know there are people who are still hibernating.

Isaiah 58:8

English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

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