Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Harsher the Winter, the Better the Spring.

Has this felt like the longest winter of your life or what? Here on the east coast of the United States it has been similar to the Lamb Chops Play-a-long song, "This is the winter that doesn't end. Yes it goes on and on, my friend! Some meteorologists started forecasting warmer weather not knowing what it was, but they'll continue doing it forever just because [repeat song about 15 times]." That is how this winter has felt-- lengthy, unnecessary, and irritating.

 When we transition from summer [the unbearable heat] to fall, it's a pleasant time. You think to yourself, "Okay, I can deal with this." You pull out your thin sweaters and boots and continue walking. The frigid temperatures then roll around and your thin sweaters convert into thick coats and the gloves and hats make their debut. During the first snowfall you are mesmerized and your heart does somersaults [in happiness] because the winter has arrived.

 The winter continues to play out and it's brutal. Your face literally hurts as you walk to your car [or train/bus] because the wind is whipping your nose and cheeks. God forbid if you forget your gloves because the cold penetrates your skin and the intensity of the pain literally brings you to the point of tears [true story: this happened to me this past week while cleaning the snow off of my car]. Brutal. 

This winter the east coast saw a record number of snowstorms and frigid temperatures, but in between there were unexpected [but appreciated] "warmer" days. Out of no where there would be a patch of sunshine and "warm" weather--one day it was 40 degrees and I saw guys in shorts [haha]!

Spring arrived two Fridays ago and the weather did not get the memo. It even snowed a couple days after the first day of spring while everyone was expecting balmy sunshine, warmer weather and the trees to be budding. It has been a harsh and long winter.

During the never ending frigid days I could not help but think about our lives. There are many of us who are experiencing the longest "winter." Our situations seem "cold," dark, gloomy and never ending. Every once in awhile it brings us pure joy to experience a slightly "warmer" day, but then it gets "frigid" again.

Personally I am experiencing the longest "winter" of my life. I [literally and figuratively] long to see the trees and flowers bloom, the sun to bring warmer weather, and birds to serenade me with their unique song. I long for spring as much as I long for a hot cup of tea, electric blanket, thick socks, and a good book on a bitterly cold day. But let me tell you something, "Spring" is NEAR, my friend! Winter cannot and will not last forever.
As I am currently writing this it is snowing outside--yesterday it was in the 60's and today it's frigid and there is a Weather Winter Advisory in effect for my county. It was completely unexpected [it was only supposed to rain], but that is life. We will have unexpected "frigid" moments surface in our lives, but let's keep moving forward because "Spring" is near. 

The harsher the winter, the better the spring. Imagine when the spring [both literally and figuratively] is here to stay, how amazing it will feel and be. We will appreciate every aspect of spring even more. If our winter had been mild, would we have longed for the spring as much? Probably not.

May there be an eternal "Spring" in your heart, my friend. Praying for you. 

Song of Songs 2:11-12

New International Version (NIV)
11 See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
    is heard in our land.


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