“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for
and the conviction of things not seen.”
Near the end of last week, we saw what seemed like a drastic change in seasons. A thin layer of snow covered the ground and silenced the crunch of any leaves left on lawns or in piles at the curb. Birds seem to have made their way out of town, migrating to warmer lands. Most trees that were full of color just a couple of weeks ago are barren; and the strong winds and cold bite to the air seems to cut through us.
Living in Wisconsin, we know this season change is coming, but each year there seems to be a turning point that is sharp and drastic. We may have outdoor fall projects that are not yet complete and there can be unease or a sense of lost opportunities in the sudden barrenness. But as the barren land prepares for winter and the wide open landscape reveals itself, there can also be a clearer vision and a hidden hope.
The hidden hope is knowing that even in times when things seem stark and barren, God is working in the assurance that growth and fullness will return in due season even if it cannot be seen in the present.
May we hold to the hidden hope that God is at work reordering life and making all things new.