I am a mammal. So are you. Our temples, our bodies, and the internal systems that keep us going naturally want to slow down, replenish and conserve energy during the dark, cold winter months. God made us this way. Still, we fight it. We do not welcome rest as we should. We continue to measure our worth and value by how much we are doing and not by who we are continuing to become. The rest of God’s good creation pauses in the winter, goes dormant, cuts back on activity, honors God’s boundaries. Only human creatures struggle with silence and darkness. We are the only ones who must constantly turn on the light.
From time to time, you might build a snowperson, but only if you want to. Cuddle. Ponder. Turn off the lights. Dream deeply. Cultivate your temple. Care for it. Listen to it. Honor the God who paid the price, so that you may experience abundant restoration this season. Celebrate the God of boundaries!
This message is excerpted from “Winter boundaries, winter wonder” by Venice R. Williams in the December 2019, Gather magazine.
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