Long, Cold Days

Posted on March 4, 2014 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Worldview

Sometimes there are seasons of long, cold days. Night after night going to sleep is not a relief but a quick entrance into another cold day. Our bodies are weak and our hearts are overcome with struggles that break over us like unending waves. Yes, sometimes there are seasons like this.  


In these times we long for another reality. And, in God’s mercy, such a reality exists. In an exhausted moment we glance towards heaven and cling to the great truth. God is there in that untainted place lit alone by his glory.  In that same moment we know that earth has nothing worthy of our desire except for the God who is there.


We are weak, tired, and overwhelmed with the daily ravages of the fallen world. Sleep beckons but offers no rest. Weariness and the burdens of life seem more than I can bear.


Then, in mercy, my mind turns once again to the call of Christ. I remember that he offers rest and refreshment to the weary and burdened. Here in the midst of these seasons God alone becomes the one who sustains my heart. I remember that he is mine forever. The long days become reminders that God is my refuge. Then, by his power, hope fills my heart and a long day fades into a sweet sleep. I am warmed by my Savior’s love. Once again, I know that God is my portion forever. 


Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.


My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.