Monday, January 4, 2016

The Stillness of Winter

I’ve discovered there’s a stillness in winter unlike any other season. It’s as if nature has taken a rest from outward striving, a respite from doing, taking time to gather strength for the coming months.

A few years ago, on a crisp, cold morning, I took this photograph of a solitary figure walking along a winter beach. There’s something about a winter day that encourages silence and inward reflection. Be still, it seems to say. The time for rushing will come soon enough.

As for me, my heart echoes yes.


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11 comments:

  1. So timely, Dayle, as we have just experienced a cold snap after rain, rain, humidity and more rain. It was like summer. And now it feels like winter is here and stillness has come.

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  2. I have never looked at winter as a time to gather strength. Majority in my area head south for respite from winter. I love this perspective though!

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  3. I understand ...it speaks to my heart also...

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  4. me too, I get this. In stillness I heard Him and when I hear Him, I can fly. Have an amazing day out there Dayle.

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  5. After the rushing around of the holiday season, I am SO in need of some quiet and stillness. These bleak, cold January days afford me just that.

    Beautiful photo, inspiring post.

    Blessings,
    Patti

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  6. I absolutely agree. Now I want to go to the beach :)

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  7. I think it's a lovely photo but I'm so ready for the stillness of winter (and the cold) to be over.

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    1. We're just getting started with any inkling of cold here in SE Texas.

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  8. I believe God gave us the quiet of January to relax and reflect on all that He has given us. January is a great month to look back and thank Him. Then look forward and rely on Him for everything.

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  9. Beautiful Dayle and I totally agree! There is a stillness in winter. Especially when I wake up and look out the window at new fallen snow!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  10. What a serene scene... for certain.
    We have feet of white fluffy snow where we are.
    As I went for a walk around the college yesterday, I paused to think about this time of year and how the world seems so quiet right now :)
    Soon enough, the symphony of Spring will begin.

    Wishing you a year filled with much happiness and many blessings.

    ~K.

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