“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:12-13 NIV
The past winter was brutal in these parts. It was cold!
Some of the plants and trees have been affected by its brutalities. The lone elephant plant right under the eave of the house is half its size last year while another beautiful blooming plant is twice its size. All of the fruit trees have been adversely affected with half the productivity of last year’s harvest. The Bartlett Pear Trees are flourishing and loaded with their mini fruit. And many of both plants and trees were off to a late start due to winter’s late linger.
These observations sparked some interest about how well we will fare during “The Wax Cold War.” The nature of our times is such that people are fearful, and it renders them faithless. Simple courtesies are no longer the norm, causing many to abandon their courtesies to be nice or kind to others? Rudeness, insensitivity, callous behavior, all of these and more can be expected as a part of one’s daily routine. How are you maintaining and how do you deal with non-caring attitudes and the loss of any notion of customer service everywhere?
But even deeper than that is the question of how productive are you in this wax cold environment? Do you still do what you do with other ‘fair weather’ people or have you changed to accommodate others and their cold behaviors? Do you speak or can you be nice when others seem to have chips on their shoulders? And how many people do you regularly speak to about the Lord? Is your light bright in this age of dark and cold times?
In other words, be one of those evergreen trees that can still bring forth fruit in season despite the cold conditions of life?
Whatever you do, don’t allow THE WAX COLD WAR freeze you out to become hard-hearted, unfeeling, and lacking productivity. Stand and endure!
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then . . .” Ephesians 6:13-14a NIV