Awake, O Sleeper
Some of you may be thinking about change and wondering if you are moving but that isn’t what sparked this muse. Winter snow is what got me thinking about change. It’s such a little thing but it still requires a fair bit of energy. We had to get winter tires for our car, our scraper from last year is missing and I keep forgetting that I have to wear a winter coat. Winter more than any other season can be abrupt in it’s coming and disruptive to our lives. Change on any level is a little bit like a personal earthquake in that it reveals where our weak spots are. We need to pay attention to the attitudes and tempers that arise out of the times of change and transition in our lives. While I will never say I love winter, I see how God wants to use this change that I am having forced on me.
I have to tell you that I was terrified of the Edmonton winters when we were appointed here, but rather than playing the tape “it’s too cold” or “I hate winter” I chose a different tape to play, “this isn’t too bad” and “I can do this.” Every day it is nice outside I treat it as a gift from God and thank him for the warmth and the sun. I take delight in the prairie skyscapes and am grateful for nice days. In my times of paying attention to the cracks that appear with change I have also come to realize that change is a gift. Change invites us to growth in Christ. I can choose to allow the Holy Spirit to change my heart and mind or I can stay focused on myself. I find myself in a place of gratitude for the winter snows and storms and see them too as gift. Like a child who gets a snow day from school my desire to stay warm and cozy at home is an opportunity to hunker down in a comfy chair with a cup of liquid warmth to read my Bible and pray.
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
(Ephesians 5:13-14, ESV)
Awake, O Sleeper