And the remnant… shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. (Isaiah 37:31)In the very depths of winter, spring can seem like a long ways away isn't that right? This is also very true for our spiritual seasons for all of us will go through dark winters of our souls. Perhaps you are there right now? I would like you to consider the tree in winter. It loses all of its foliage. It stands stark and naked and bare against the cold winter sky. There seems to be no life in it at all. Yet there it stands. All activity seems to be suspended yet the root system continues to grow as the ground temperature just a few feet below the surface is warmer. In the depths of winter, the roots grow deeper. This is the season of the remnant. We are in the midst of a long winter which will only end with the return of Jesus. This long winter is by design. God is establishing a people who cannot be moved. He is allowing everything to be stripped away. All the foliage, all the pretty adornments that we have added over countless centuries are simply being stripped away. The traditions of men appeal to the world, it compensates for a lack of reality. Yet God has a remnant who simply must have Him. A people who, no matter what happens, will follow God and stand upon His Word. Stand firm brothers and sisters, be encouraged. You are not alone. Your trials, your tribulations and your feelings of isolation are by design. God must have an end time people who will follow Him no matter how fierce the storm. His people must have deep roots and these roots must be developed. Yes we are surrounded by a hard freeze and all things that have no depth is perishing, but be of good cheer brothers and sisters, you have depth. That depth is the Lord Jesus Himself and He gives and sustains life even in the harshest conditions. When winter finally breaks we discover the tree has grown taller because the root system with its life-giving sap has been able to focus on that which remains. Branches and leaves, the circumstances and situations of our lives come and go but the root, the very depth of who we are remains forever and it alone is our strength...... bro Frank
Glory Hallelujah dear brother Frank! One of your best posts I can recall reading, and you’ve written some of the most eloquent articles/poems I’ve read in recent times! This is precious and oh so timely!May many icy cold hearts truly melt around us as the heat gets turned up!With sincere love for you in Christ Jesus,Caleb
Thank you Caleb for you kind words and encouragement........bro Frank
A beautiful and encouraging word thanks for posting this.
Thank you Marvin..........bro Frank
Thank you Frank for voicing the cry of the Bride who is in "the winter of our discontent". Nothing works as it did before. No knowledge or planning or ways of the past bear any fruit. It is a waiting that must bear patience and long suffering. A waiting like no other we have known. A trusting we have not yet understood. Like waiting in a dark cocoon. You have written the thoughts of all who are in this seemingly endless winter. I read yesterday in Psalm 46 and these words came to life: "Cease striving and know that I am God." (v 10) It is good to know we are not alone in this season. Sis L
Beautiful post sis L...........bro Frank