During the whole winter, the trees appear dead; they are not so in reality, but, on the contrary, are submitting to a process which preserves and strengthens them. For what is the effect of winter? It contracts their exterior, so that the sap is not uselessly expended and abroad, and it concentrates their strength upon the root, so that new roots are pushed out and the onld ones strengthened and nourished and forced into the soil. -Note by Jeanne Guyon Song of Songs Commentary
I believe I will remember this the next time I feel like I’m going through a “winter” season in the Lord. (Hopefully it’s not soon 🙂 ) but this makes so much sense and makes me think of
Eph 3:16-19- “16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.