I’ve been thinking a lot about Winter lately probably because it’s been the coldest one I can remember having in Southern California for a very long time. The cold. The dark. The seemingly lifeless trees. I thought about how we used to store up for winter growing up. The provisions we’d have to make to keep warm by cutting and stacking the chords of wood for the wood stove which was our only source of heat in blistery New Hampshire weather. I read about Joseph and how he led Egypt through a great famine with the wisdom God gave him to store up food for the lean years during the years of plenty. This concept of storing up is wisdom. I have always had a deep desire to be a good steward and to make wise choices for the future. Delayed gratification is not an issue. I’m happy to sacrifice now if it means wisdom then. But my 401k took a nosedive this year and I began to become fearful for the Winter of my life. The time when I am elderly and can no longer work. I began to fear that I would disappoint God by not being a good steward of what He has given me by letting it slip away so easily. Have you ever noticed how fear just breeds more fear? I decided to take a 5 minute walk outside and snap some photos because photography is something that brings me joy. As I snapped away, I spotted something so lovely through my lens.In the midst of the barren trees, there were two sparrows. All alone, in an empty tree. They had no city full of resources to provide for their futures, no stockpiling for Winter that I could see, but they were chirping anyway. And Jesus’ words echoed back to me “consider the birds of the air who neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26) Thank you Lord for the Winter and for the perspective it brings.