Cool Warmth

Cool Warmth.

What does that look like?

Let’s imagine that it looks like a day in the dead of winter. You don’t have a garage, so when you go out to your car, you find it is about 10 degrees Fahrenheit inside. You bundle up and bring your toasty heating pad, freshly microwaved, or maybe a small blanket to sit on to lessen the shock of the cold car. Then you turn on the heat full blast. You are in a hurry and don’t have time to warm up the car, so you brace yourself and off you go.  The heat is on, but it isn’t immediately warm. And even as the blasting air becomes warm at its source, it is blowing so much frigid air that you cannot feel the warmth right away.

Or perhaps it looks like a day on the verge of spring.  The crocuses have just started blooming, a tiny splash of purple in a sea of brown with splotches of green.  You wake up and check the temperature outside — 58 degrees Fahrenheit.  You take along a jacket just in case and head to the park for a walk.  The wind is blowing from the south, kicking up little peaks on the lake, but that combination of moisture and cloud cover converge to present a bit of a chill on what could otherwise have felt like a warm day.

Or maybe you’re in the middle of a winter of the soul.  Everything in your heart is broken.  If someone were to ask you what color your heart is, you would have to say dark gray.  People try to say warm words to encourage you, but it isn’t enough.  You need to be surrounded by, even immersed in, some serious heat.

Or it could be that you have been passing through the longest winter of the soul in your life, and spring is in sight.  Things are looking up finally.    You see a splash of yellow or red, pinpoints of beauty popping up before you in the gray that has been your heart for the past few months or years.  But even as your heart warms, miniature storms whip up in the recesses of your mind that bring a chill to your heart and moisture to your eyes.  You need the sun to come out and dry up the tears and chase away the fears and pain.  You need something to make the storms subside and protection from the winds that blow.

God has provided one amazing paradox to provide the warmth for our souls that we need.  That phenomenon needs more than one word in the English language to describe it.  It is unconditional, sacrificial, committed, covenant love.  And, of course, since God is the provider, He is also the source.

He is the One who mercifully forgives when we come to Him with a contrite heart.  He is the One who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3) He it is who calms the storms with His “Peace, be still!”  He is the One who puts our tears in His bottle and records them in His book.  (Psalm 56:8 NASB)

And His banner over me is Love.  (Song of Solomon 2:4)

And where do we find Him?

He reveals these characteristics about Himself to us in His Word.

May we say with the Psalmist:

I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight.”  Psalm 119:174 NASB

And:

“Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5 NASB

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28 thoughts on “Cool Warmth

  1. Powerful word-picture! I know I need God’s warmth far more than I admit. Being willing to live in the frigid winter of a season, be it an earthly season or spiritual season, is not the way God wants me to live. Reminding me of Who He is gives me the support I need and want.
    Glad I came by from Empty Plate Full Heart
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  2. Cool warmth… peace in the pain… hope in the grief… calm in the storm… beauty in the broken. Very thought-provoking post, Ruth! I will be mulling this one over.

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  3. Thanks, Andrea. May the Lord continue to speak His words of peace and hope to you as you go through the difficulties of life. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

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  4. Beautiful words! Your descriptions of winter and spring are perfect as are your descriptions of winters and springs of the soul. So wonderful to know that our Lord and healer is with us through it all!

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  5. I love the truths you share here! The warm days we enjoyed last week are a glimpse of the hope of spring. I know it will get cold again, but it will not last. Our God is faithful! Thanks for linking up! #FridayFive

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  6. We’ve had exceptionally warm weather the past few days. Yet it has felt colder in my house because the heat hasn’t kicked on. Cold and heat are tricky things. I love how you find God in this paradox. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your visit, Lesley, and for your kind comment.
      We all need these reminders, probably daily. May we keep our eyes directed and redirected toward Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who loved us and gave Himself for us.
      We have much reason to give Him thanks!

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    1. You are right, Edith! God’s love IS indescribable! These pictures are but a tiny drop in the bucket of pictures that could be used to help us understand a little bit better how amazing the love of God is. May the Lord use our efforts to help others understand how great and loving He is!

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  7. Well, how could one not feel safe and peaceful after reading that. Thank you for sharing, so eloquently, of His love. I’m so thankful for the sweet love of my God. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up with #ChasingCommunity today! ((hug))

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! God’s Word is so full of promises and descriptions of Who He is and what that means for us. His Word is such a comfort to our souls when we immerse ourselves in it. I’m so glad I can run to Him for help, love, protection, and comfort at any time, day or night!

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  8. What a blessing to soak up these pieces of grace today. It felt like the cool refreshing warmth of a soul hug with a reminder that God provides sustenance and healing and hope in whatever season we find ourselves living in.
    Thanks for sharing it with the #GraceMoments Link Up.
    Bless you,
    Dawn

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