Unless you live someplace like Miami or Phoenix, you're experiencing the fast approach of winter right about now. But amidst the freezing cold, gray skies, lifeless trees, and threat of frostbite while trying to chisel your car out in the morning, there are things to appreciate about winter. As it says in Daniel 2:21, God controls the seasons, and we can show thanks for each of them.
If you need help, here are ten reasons to start with:
1. No mosquitoes. No snakes. While they make take refuge inside your house, many creatures that bite and/or slither on their belly upon the earth go dormant in the cold weather, so you can enjoy the outdoors in peace.
2. Extreme sports. Speaking of fishing, snow and ice lend an extreme element to everything you do outdoors, from tumbling down a mountain slope with a board or two tied to your feet to dropping a line through the ice in the extreme cold.
3. Gives you an excuse to spend more time with friends and family. For those of you smart enough to stay indoors when it's cold enough for your nostril hairs to freeze, the frightful weather gives you plenty of reasons to visit with loved ones.
4. Vindicates your desire to stay indoors reading by a warm fire or space heater. Because when it's nice outside, people try to make you feel guilty.
5. Gives you more solitude out in creation. For those of you who feel the tug of the great outdoors even when there's no mercury left in the thermometer, you're not going to deal with a lot of crowds outside the ski resorts. You can bundle up like the Michelin Man and enjoy a quiet, frosty walk to think, meditate, and experience the amazing wind chill factor.
6. Christmas! Because we don't live in Narnia under the rule of the White Witch.
7. Rarely gets too hot. Just think about the times you got burned by your seat belt buckle.
8. Winter wonderland. Fresh snowfall and ice clinging to every surface is beautiful from the window. And then you have to go out into it before you starve to death from lack of groceries.
9. No mowing the lawn. Because shoveling snow is so much more fun, right?
10. Makes you appreciate the other seasons. When spring finally comes, there will be much rejoicing. As it says in Song of Solomon 2:11-13a,
11 For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
13a The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
And the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell.