However if we are to live in rest throughout the year, we have to learn to embrace rather than endure distinctive seasonal characteristics. Learning to live in step with the rhythms of the year can have a calming effect on our busy modern lives.
Simon King, in his account of life in the Shetland Islands, off the north coast of Scotland, wrote
'To love Shetland was to embrace its hard edges, its storms and dark winters, its treeless skyline and howling gales, because in that embrace came precious access to wildness, beauty, peace space and perhaps most importantly of all a sense of freedom…….' [ Simon King ‘Shetland Diaries’ 2010]
I wonder what wonders we might have access to, by applying that same philosophy to our corner of the world in this season?
HOW DO WE STAY IN REST AS WINTER APPROACHES?
1. BE THANKFUL
and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.
[1 Timothy 4:4]
Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
[1 Thessalonians 5: 17,18]
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2. ENJOY THE DARK EVENINGS:
Get curled-up and cosy, for example, and be blessed and challenged by a Christian biography, or savour a long-awaited book; or perhaps you could turn your hand to a creative project, learn a new skill, take time to write letters or listen to music. Maybe you might be inspired to invite family and friends round for candlelit meals or nostalgic film nights, visit elderly neighbours or experiment in the kitchen. Whatever it is, have fun – and make it special!
3. GET OUTSIDE
Alternatively, on a crisp, clear night try a nocturnal activity and visit a dark sky reserve or planetarium and delight in the marvels of the universe. A star gazing guide can be found at the link below:
4. SAVOUR SEASONAL PRODUCE
5. FIND THINGS TO CELEBRATE
So let’s not put life on hold until the days warm up again, instead let’s be intentional about finding things to celebrate in the season we are in.
Incidentally, the annual Jewish Feast of Tabernacles started yesterday. There are many things we can learn from this festival which can inspire us to rejoice; click on the link for more information:
[Be sure to start at the beginning, at the entry for 5/10/2014, and read from the bottom blog up, for it to make sense.]
The Lord wants us to walk in rest and peace, and that includes in the natural seasons of the year. So let’s learn from Simon King’s wisdom, embrace the season we’re in, and look out for it to reveal its wonders.
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