Post-Winter Delight

This is basically my life mantra:


I’m a terrible winter-experiencer. I moan. I get quiet. I refuse to wear a coat. I complain about being cold.

Every year I’m both ecstatic and embarrassed by how much my demeanor changes with the first trickle of warm sunlight. It’s like I’ve been re-born.

This year has been no different. But I almost don’t even know how to process it because I’m just feeling so happy. The sun has come out! Yay! It was a rough winter… you know, Polar Vortex-y and all, so the celebration feels even more joyful.

And maybe that’s the takeaway that resonates with me in this season. The harder the struggle, the more joyous the celebration.

Jesus talked about this concept in Luke 7: "I tell you, her sins--and they are many--have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love." (v 47).

Sometimes I worry that I fall on the “few sins, little love” side. You know, I come from a subculture that praises the mega-transformation testimonies. Leaving those of us with the “I asked Jesus in my heart at age 3” stories feeling confused… inadequate, maybe? I don’t want to love only a little bit.

And maybe that’s one thing that is both painful and joyful for me about winter. Whether literal or metaphorical, the winter season brings out my worst. I’m reminded of my darkness, of my sin.  

With the blossoming of the trees, I’m reminded of my good God. I’m reminded of my God who comes to redeem, to transform, and to bring full life. And it makes me so happy.

Where are you seeing God bring forth new life in your community or in your life this season?

I'm linking up with the March 2014 Synchroblog: New Life. Here's the full list of posts:

Michael Donahoe – New Life
K.W. Leslie – Sin Kills; God Brings New Life
Carol Kuniholm – New Life. Mystery Fruit.
Jeremy Myers – I Get Depressed On Facebook
Glenn Hager – A Personal Resurrection Story
Loveday Anyim – Spring Forth – Ideas That Speak New Life
Loveday Anyim – Inspired By Spring To Create A New Life
Sarah Quezada – Post Winter Delight
Edwin Aldrich – Finding New Life In Our New Home
Doreen A. Mannion – Each Day A New Decision: Choose Life
Kathy Escobar – new life through nonviolent communication


  1. Sarah - I can see we are alike in our seasonally-adjusted attitudes.

  2. So yes, I'm back reading, but the "I asked Jesus in my heart when I was 3 so where does that leave me?"... yeah, that.
    Totally feels inadequate and also leaves it rather hard to SEE the transformation that you hope is there since you don't have any Big Visible Sins to have left behind.
    You still hope you're leaving some behind, but never quite sure...

  3. I feel you, Krista. It is a different experience to be sure. I think the older I get, I'm struck by what it means to say "yes" to God rather than staying in a neutral position that is only avoiding the "no"s. :)

  4. Hmmm, I'm gonna have to think about that one for awhile... :)

  5. Ha! I like that phrase-ology. :)


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