The weariness of winter struck again today in Minnesota. Enduring icy snow and poor road conditions, we are reminded that some things linger in our lives longer than we expect. This year’s winter season has strong staying power. Many of us have grown weary as we wait for spring to sprout across our frozen tundra. When will the new season finally come and melt away our weariness?
Fittingly, the outside world is a metaphor for what many of you may be enduring in your lives. The every day course of your life may feel like a lingering winter at times. It seems to have its own staying power, wrapping you in a cold blanket of struggles, mundane tasks, under-appreciated efforts, or outright suffering. Are you growing weary in this current season of your life?
Weariness hits the man who is struggling to provide in a poor economy, who feels like he is falling short in loving his wife and leading his children, or who is battling great burdens all alone. Weariness hits the woman who is juggling many responsibilities within and outside the home, who worries often about her husband and children, or who is facing life’s difficulties all alone. Weariness hits the Christian who desires to follow Christ but feels love for Him growing cold, who wants to live righteously yet struggles with sin, or who is striving to serve the Lord but feels like it is all in vain.
Do you feel stuck in this kind of winter? Have you grown weary?
“Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 ESV)
As you struggle, the first thing to remember is to do good. In the situations of your life, sow that which counts for eternity. In every aspect – work, family, personal difficulties, your Christian walk – remember you are serving the Lord. Honor Him in it all. Keep doing good.
And as you do good, do not grow weary. Why? Because you will reap in due season. That’s right, there is a new season coming. What you sow in winter, God will cause to sprout in spring.
But this season of reaping comes only to those who do not give up. Just as a Minnesotan perseveres through the long, cold winter, so does a Christian endure the wintry seasons of life.
So don’t give up and don’t grow weary. While the staying power of your winter seems great, God gives you a promise to keep you focused on Him and to help you through. You will reap His reward in due season.
There is a new season coming that will melt away your weariness. You may see some glimpses of this new season in this life. But you will most certainly reap the full fruit in the next. Minnesota’s weary winter will soon dissolve into the glory of spring. Christian, your weary winter will soon dissolve into the glory of an eternal Spring. Thus we are encouraged to not grow weary:
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)