Some people look at the winter trees and feel despair. They think the trees look dead or forlorn. But when I look at the trees I see hope. I see that the trees are in a season of rest, a season of waiting – and I know that after that season of rest and waiting, the buds of spring and new life will come again. But for now, as I look at those trees, I remember that there is still life – even though we cannot see it.
One of the scriptures we often read at Advent speaks of this kind of hope.
A new branch will grow
from a stump of a tree;
so a new king will come
from the family of Jesse.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon that king.
The Spirit will give him wisdom and understanding, guidance and power.
The Spirit will teach him to know and respect the Lord. – Isaiah 11:1- 2 (NCV)
There is new life in what appears to have no life – and from the place comes a new king, and it occurred to me that for the Spirit to rest on the King the king would need to be still.
I wonder if this is true for us too. Maybe if we take the time to be still and pray, we can feel the spirit rest on us – giving us wisdom, understanding, guidance and the power that comes from trusting God.
Maybe like the winter trees we can find ourselves in a season of rest and waiting too, standing still and full of hope – so that the spirit can bring us wisdom and guidance we need as we move through these dark days – knowing that the Spirit is with us.