” ‘But so the seasons turn, and so they must, by nature’s own design. The fields must fall to fallow and the birds must stop their song awhile; the growing things must die and lie in silence under snow, just as the winter sea must wear its face of storms and death and sunken hopes, the face ye so dislike. Tis but the way of things, and when ye have grown older, lass, as I have, ye may even come to welcome it.’
‘To welcome winter?’
‘Aye.’ He had not moved, and yet she felt his voice like an embrace, an arm of comfort round her shoulders. ‘For if there was no winter, we could never hope for spring.’ His eyes were warm on hers, and wise. “ – Susanne Kearsley, The Winter Sea
Summer is upon us now, and we relish in the sunshine and warmth, but in due time, winter will be upon us again. Whenever I think of winter, I think dark, cold, and dreary, and a time more somber and blue. But, “by nature’s own design”, or rather, by God’s own works, each season comes.
God created the seasons to allow new cycles and life. For winter, He wants us to welcome it. “Winter is a natural ‘slow down and rest time.’ ” No matter the season, “It’s all in God’s divine plan.” – Rev. Shannah M. McAleer
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1