I know many people struggle with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and I've heard of people buying special lights to keep their spirits up, since the winter months tend to be dark and dreary much of the time. I know I have days when I look out the window at the cold and dreary day and wish I didn't have anything to do but curl up under my electric blanket and hibernate for as long as it takes for me to feel like going out. Alas, I am a mother, and this isn't exactly behavior that would win me that coveted "mother of the year" award. Ha! As if.
I was reminded tonight, that no matter what our circumstances, though the snow and sleet pour down, and the cold threatens to keep us in, God is the lifter of our heads and He truly does make all things new. Spring is around the corner, though it may not feel like it now. It reminds me of a song I love called "Every Season" by Nichole Nordeman. The lyrics take a journey through every season of the year, and when she gets to the part about winter, the music almost comes to a standstill...but as spring approaches, the music builds and the song ends there, with spring as the promise.
"and everything in time and under heavenfinally falls asleepwrapped in blankets whiteall creationshivers underneathAnd still I notice You when branches crackand in my breath on frosted glassEven now in death you open doors for life to enterYou are Winter....And everything that's newhas bravely surfacedteaching us to breatheand what was frozen throughis newly purposedturning all things greenSo it is with Youand how You make me newwith every season's changeAnd so it will be, as You are recreating me...Summer, Autumn,Winter....Spring."
I couldn't have said it any better myself.