I am loving February in Colorado. One heavy snowfall, then sunshine and warm temperatures midday on either side of that snowy day... so good. Chickens scratching in the dirt; Maddie, our lodge mascot, soaking up the warmth of the sun on the porch... neither would be the norm in Ontario in February.
Nevertheless, it is February, and Colorado, U.S.A. or Ontario, Canada, it is still winter on this portion of our globe. We can't expect to be through with coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots for the rest of this month or the next, but we can look forward to what's coming. Days with soft air, warm enough for light clothing, are ahead.
Difficult seasons that we work through are less overwhelming when we know they will end. Paul shared even better news in 1 Corinthians 2:9. With Christ, not only will we overcome our trials, but our future will be amazing, way better than what we enjoyed before the battles.
Father God has great things for us. "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV) We can imagine spring's pleasant changes, but the blessings He's getting ready for His kids are over the top.
The warmth Maddie enjoys on the porch is not yet here to stay. What Father has planned is for eternity. Paul says those things are designed for the ones who love God. Our love is no more than a natural response to His for us. Like warm sunshine in February, in His goodness to us now we receive a foretaste of what's to come. The full measure will be ours in the next season.