On the dark seasons of our hearts:
1. Winter shames those in it. It feels like personal failure, something we've caused, or missed, or faltered in. We chide ourselves for being there. We're sure it’s our fault. We wonder if we're crazy, lazy, stupid.
2. And then God gave me insight: this was winter. It would end, in time, but not by my own doing. My responsibility was simply to know the season, and match my actions and inactions to it.
3. [My responsibility in winter] was to learn the slow hard discipline of waiting. It was my season to believe in spite of—to believe in the absence of evidence or emotion, when there's nothing, no bud, no color, no light, no birdsong, to validate belief. It was my time to walk without sight.
4. Winter grows pure faith. It grows almost nothing, but it grows biblical faith like no other season can. It combines the unique conditions that nurture the certainty of things hoped for and the assurance of things unseen.
5. Do not forget in the night what God has shown you in the day.
These quotes are from Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan (markbuchanan.net).
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- Adam Forrest, Zondervan
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