Rachel Jenae

Winter

Winter. Here short months and gloomy days can feel like long years.
Years that feel like dying as leaves are stripped by wind and storm.
Glimpses of spring and fruit and new life were here yesterday, before…
before pruning.
The pruning left everything bare and depleted. Bare like the day of birth.
Dependent. Simple. But enough.
If it was enough then in that little seed and somehow He grew us to these heights, maybe it is we who need reminded of our roots growing deeper still.
With each winter new depths.
Life below the surface-below the seeing eye, below the comparisons, below the critics and cultures understanding.
While this side is bare that side is broadening.
All those flashy things had to die.
Those places limbs were entwined but not free to grow further. Those leaves in full glory and fancy colors rustling about to catch everyone’s attention now fallen. All is unencumbered. All is bare.
Yes, winter is necessary.
And when barren winter tries to mascaraed as a lifetime because of what it can’t see, breathe deep and sink down your roots, because spring is coming.
New eyes.
New understanding.
New fruit.
Winter is simply your divine setup for clarity before you enter the new.
Embrace it all.
This will not be the end of your story.
This too is a gift.
A gift you’ll one day be utterly grateful that He walked you through.
But just keep walking.
You’re just passing through.
He has called you through.
Don’t listen to the voices full of demise.
Keep your eyes fixed on love.
He’ll show you the way through.
He’ll guide you with His eyes.
He is completely and wholeheartedly working all of this for your good. The divine setup to give you that tree of life full of desire.
. . . .
“Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!””
‭‭Song of Songs‬ ‭2:10-13‬ ‭

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