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Does it sometimes feel like you’re always waiting for spring? Winter, summer and fall sometimes just show up, but it seems like we’re always anxious for spring to come. I don’t know if it’s because by springtime we’re so over the cold and dreary winter, or if it’s because winter sometimes feels like the longest season, but by February I am ready for some mild weather and warm sunshine.
Now, I live in Colorado, so sometimes we get a whiff of spring, only to be plunged back into winter for a few more weeks or months. I love winter, but once the new year starts, I start itching for spring. Maybe it’s because the new year is such a fresh start, and I want that with the weather too. Who knows.
Sometimes life can feel like waiting for spring. We can feel stuck in a rut, stuck in dreariness that we wish were over. There are days when it feels like spring will never come. Our hope can dwindle, even though we know this season can’t last forever. It’s just not possible.
Seasons can be tough, but they are good things. It’s in the cold, dreary season that soil gets a rest, so it can produce abundantly in the warm summer. Often times when we are in our “winter season” of life, it feels like it will never end. Like the summer abundance is lightyears away.
When you’re in the middle of a winter season, it can help to remember what you gained during your last winter season. What did you learn from the last time you felt spring would never come?
Two years ago, we were in a winter season as a family. Things outwardly seemed great, but privately we were incredibly burdened and stressed. It felt like spring was never going to come.
Until one day, through aching cold and painful weather, spring came. In this case, it came all at once, a hurricane of sunshine. I hoped and prayed things would be better, but now I look back and see how far we’ve come. The painful things that left us feeling stuck in a blizzard became the footholds that allowed us to climb over that mountain. I often call it boot camp, because of the knocks we took and the many places we felt aches and pain.
As Mariah sings, “Take a look at me now!”, because that winter is over! I know there will be more winters ahead, and we are still not where we want to be, but we’re well on our way.
So take heart. If you’re in the middle of a winter, and you’re waiting for spring to show up, remind yourself that spring always comes. Bundle up, burrow down and warm yourself with the memories of other times you’ve pulled through and come out on top. You can do it. You’ll get through this winter and spring is just around the corner.