THE WINTER OF LIFE!

Whenever we consider the seasons of the year, spring, summer, autumn, and winter readily comes to mind. Each of them has got its distinctive characteristics that I would have loved to draw attention to here, but for the constraints of time and space. Nevertheless, I will draw attention to those of winter, which is central to this write-up, and prevalent in many parts of the world presently.

In general, the Winter Season reminds people of different things. While it reminds some of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas festivities, family get-together, exchange of gifts, plenty of food and drinks, etc., it reminds others of decreased day-light, freezing temperatures, falling snow, thick and warm clothes, hot beverages, ill-health, increased energy bills, increased price of goods and services, etc. And because the Winter Season caps each year, it allows people to review their activities over the year, make appropriate corrections and strategize for the future. For that reason, it could be a happy season for some people, while it could be a sad one for others.

Just as the regular Winter Season caps each year, so does what I tag the Winter of Life cap each person’s life. It appears mostly with old age when the body is weak, worn-out, and delicate. But situations such as an illness, massive injury, misfortune, death, etc., can cause it to come to light faster. The Winter of Life is usually associated with loss of relevance, unintended inactivity, loneliness, sadness, anger, regret, insecurity, a lack of funds, etc. It also reminds people of the fact that their lives might be coasting towards an inevitable end.

Regrettably, all of us will pass through our individual ‘Winter of life’ at one time or the other, whether we like it or not. Are you cruising towards yours at the moment, or are you in it already? If you are, is it troubling you? If it is, then I have good news for you! And that is, God is willing to help you through it (Isaiah 41:10). He is even prepared to use all means to do so (Isaiah 40:31).

However, you must satisfy some basic conditions first. A few of them are:

1. You must be born again

A lot of people want to attain heaven, and the urge to do so naturally increase with the advent of the Winter of Life. But we can only do so by becoming born again (John 3:3). That is, by giving our lives to Jesus Christ and letting Him be in charge. So, if you are not yet born again, please do so forthwith. When this is settled, then you should attain heaven at some point, and the mere thought of this should make you happy during your Winter of Life.

2. You must arm yourself with the word of God

You need top-notch weapons to fight and subdue the difficulties that may emerge when you are in your Winter of Life. One of them is the word of God (Hebrews 4:12), which you can access through the Bible. Therefore, please, make it your top priority to study it daily (Joshua 1:8).

3. You must work for God

While considering the seasons of the year, spring, summer, autumn, and winter comes to mind readily. Each of them has its distinctive characteristics, which I would have loved to draw attention to here, but for the constraints of time and space. Nevertheless, I will draw attention to those of winter, which is prevalent in many parts of the world at present and central to this write-up.

In general, the Winter Season reminds people of different things. While it reminds some of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas festivities, family get-together, exchange of gifts, plenty of food and drinks, etc., it reminds others of decreased day-light, freezing temperatures, falling snow, thick and warm clothes, hot beverages, ill-health, increased energy bills, increased price of goods and services, etc. And because the Winter Season caps each year, it allows people to review their activities over the year, make appropriate corrections and strategize for the following year(s). For that reason, while it is a happy season for some people, it could be a sad one for others.

Just as the regular Winter Season caps each year, so does what I tag the Winter of Life cap each person’s life. It appears mostly with old age when the body is weak, worn-out, and delicate. But situations such as a grave illness, massive injury, misfortune, death, etc., can cause it to come up faster. The Winter of Life is usually associated with unintended inactivity, loss of relevance, loneliness, sadness, anger, regret, insecurity, a lack of funds, etc. It also reminds people of the fact that their lives might be coasting towards an inevitable end.

Regrettably, all of us will have to pass through our individual ‘Winter of life’ at one time or the other, whether we like it or not. Are you cruising towards yours at the moment, or are you in it already? If you are, may I ask if it is troubling you? If it is, then I have good news for you! And that is, God is willing to help you go through it so that you can endure it with less difficulty (Isaiah 41:10). He is even prepared to use all means to achieve His goals (Isaiah 40:31).

However, you must first satisfy some basic conditions, which include the following, among others:

1. You must be born again

A lot of people want to attain heaven, and the urge to do so naturally increase with the advent of the Winter of Life. But we can only do so by becoming born again (John 3:3). That is, by giving our lives to Jesus Christ and letting Him be in charge. So, if you are not yet born again, please do so forthwith. When this is settled, then you should attain heaven at some point, and the mere thought of this should make you happy and give you the drive you need to forge ahead during your Winter of Life.

2. You must arm yourself with top-notch spiritual weapons 

You must arm yourselves with top-notch spiritual weapons to go through your Winter of Life successfully. One of them is the word of God, which is very formidable (Hebrews 4:12). You can access it through the Bible! Therefore, make it your top priority to study it always (Joshua 1:8). Also, prayer and fasting, with solid faith in God, are powerful spiritual weapons you need to deploy during this period (Matthew 17:20-21).

3. You must work for God

With as much energy as you can muster, roll up your sleeves and get busy, even in your Winter of Life. Please, reach out to people, preach the gospel to them, pray for them, allay their fears, and assist them as much as you possibly can. It is also wise to help them become born again (Proverbs 11:30). If you do all the above and more, then you are working for God (Matthew 25:40), and you will be rewarded richly at the end (Mark 10:29-30).

Friends, as you can see, the Winter of Life is unavoidable, and it can be quite challenging. But God can make it tolerable and fulfilling for you. Please, don’t be discouraged by all you are experiencing right now. Instead, approach Jesus Christ to give you rest from them, and He will (Matthew 11:28). Amen.

Merry Christmas in advance!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker