In the winter season God’s creation rest, its a time of refreshing, a time of revival, a time of rest. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hibernation as an inactive state resembling deep sleep in which certain animals living in cold climates pass the winter. In hibernation, the body temperature is lowered and breathing and heart rates slowdown. Hibernation protects the animal from cold and reduces the need for food during the season when food is scarce. Bears, hedgehogs, bats, prairie dogs, hamsters, skunks, ground squirrels, common poorwills, deer mice, and wood frogs are creatures that hibernate in the winter. Winter is a time to slowdown and reflect, a time to get refilled spiritually. We are all in different seasons in our spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus and in our life, but no matter what season we are in we must learn how to rest in God. Utilize the winter season in your life to grow in God, to get revived, renewed, so that you can pour into others. Stay hidden in God and when your winter season is over you will come forth as pure gold.
Job 23:10-12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 10 But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous]. 11 My foot has held fast to His steps; His ways have I kept and not turned aside. 12 I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Hibernate in God: hide and take cover in Jesus.
All creation was created with a need to rest. Animals of all kinds have a resting phase, with that being said why is it so hard for us as believers to take out time to rest in God, to bask in His glory, to get rejuvenated in our spirit. When we don’t take out time to rest in God, we will feel drain. Resting in God allows us to get replenish to equip us for the work of the Kingdom of God and every spiritual attack of the enemy. It’s good for every believer to take a sabbatical (retreat) in God, to get refreshed. We as Christians all need to be refilled, just like our vehicles need fuel to run, we need to be refueled through the Word of God, in worship unto our Heavenly Father God, and a time of consecrating our body to the Lord through fasting. Life has a way of draining us especially when you are depositing into other people lives when doing the work of the Lord Jesus. God called us as believers to build up and edify each other, we are depositors and the ones we deposit into are receptors of the gifts God has placed in us for the Body of Christ. Our gifts are for others, not for ourselves and not for personal gain, it’s to bring glory to God. I said all of that, because we as believers must learn that taking a time of rest in God replenishes us building us back up to deposit into others. That’s why many Christians get burn out, because they don’t know how to rest in God. I know some Christians in ministry may feel like superman or wonder woman, but even they had moments of weakness. Rest my sister and brother, you are mortal, not immortal, God wants us to rest in Him! I have listed a few scriptures to below about resting in God. Meditate on these scriptures in those moments when you feel overwhelmed, when you feel drain know God wants you to learn how to rest in Him.
Mark 6:31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Matthew 11:28-29 “…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
Isaiah 40:28- 31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”