Blue Ridge Parkway by Melinda WilsonHave the leaves started to change colors at your house? It seems to be taking a little longer than normal this year around here.

I love the colors of fall.

Fall colors seems to hold more shades than a Sherwin Williams paint wheel. And it’s not just the leaves.

The pumpkins and gourds people put out in the fall decorations are spectacular. When I was growing up all I ever saw sitting outside of someone’s house was an orange pumpkin. Pumpkins

When I was a little girl one of the things I could always count on our family doing was taking a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to look at the changing of the leaves. It was always spectacular. While I didn’t have the opportunity to do so this year, my friend, Melinda Wilson, who lives up there shared this photo with me. Oh, to be riding down that winding road again.

When people ask what your favorite season is, how many of you would say fall or autumn? Most people say summer or spring, with a few falls thrown in for good measure, but rarely, if ever, do I hear people say winter is their favorite season.

It’s cold and dreary. It gets dark outside really early and most people stay closed up, inside their homes to stay dry and warm. There are very few outside activities that draw people together. Many people say it is one of the loneliest times of the year. Everything seems to fall to the ground and die.

During the winter, when everything appears to be dead, things are happening, we just can’t see them taking place. They are hidden from us for a while, but we will see the fruit of the work done in the dormant times. One website shared this about the soil during the winter months,

At first glance, it seems lifeless and barren. If we could look deeper, observe the rich interconnectedness of the soil web, we would see that while the garden sleeps, the soil dreams of spring. When we have completed our work as gardeners, replenished and protected the powerhouse of soil life, millions of organisms are eager to provide a surge of growth as weather warms.”

Do you feel like your life is in a season of winter? You are crying out to God for things to happen, for something to change, and you don’t see it. It appears that nothing is taking place, as if God has just checked out on you and left you to handle things on your own.

The enemy would love for you to camp there. In fact, he’ll help you pitch your tent if you give him a few minutes of attention.

God has promised over and over in His Word that He will never leave us nor forsake us [Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, Joshua 1:9]. He has proven Himself faithful over and over in our lives, and He didn’t decide to suddenly start being unfaithful. In fact, unfaithfulness totally and completely contradicts the character of God.

What God may be doing is working beneath the surface, where we can’t see. He may be replenishing things that need replenishing and protecting things that need protecting, but He is not stagnant and He hasn’t forgotten.

One thing you can know for sure, if you’re going through a difficult time, the Lord has only allowed it if it will yield good fruit. 1 Peter 1:6-7 says,

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.These have come so that your faith– of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire– may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

Ecclesiastes 1:3 says,

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:”

Even _____________. You fill in the blank. Whatever you are going through, no matter how easy or difficult, has its time and purpose and once those are fulfilled, it will pass.

There is a time for everything….even winter.