My husband decided to create a French drain at the entrance to our driveway. Water had always collected there after storms, causing a puddle for perhaps a day or two. In putting in the drain, soil had to be moved and leveled. The grass was gone. After a trip to the hardware store, my husband planted winter rye, a grass that thrives in cooler weather.
While other lawns were turning a pale shade of flaxen yellow, the area around our driveway became lush. Very lush. As an autumn decoration, we placed pumpkins amidst the thriving greenery. What makes winter rye so different? God, in His creativity, decided to give it the "fortitude" necessary to grow during the cold, when other plants fade. Does He do that same thing for us?
The Apostle Paul talks about his weaknesses in the New Testament. In II Corinthians 12:10b he says, "For when I am weak, then I am strong." He is speaking of having Christ’s strength within him, when his own is lacking. Have you witnessed this in your own life? Consider a "wintery" time that you have gone through. Did God strengthen you to the task and enable you to be what you could not have been on your own? Did you press toward the sky, green and vibrant, while others who were not trusting in the Lord struggled in the cold? If you answered, "yes," then you know first hand what Paul was speaking about.
God is faithful. When we are weak, He is strong.