Sadness and frustration has given way to joy and peace and the grayness that surrounded me has been replaced with blue skies and green trees. Its resurrection – flowers and trees spring open, the sun shines again and all of creation is renewed. This is a beautiful metaphor for what Christ does in us.
The warmth of the sun is melting my frozen heart. Life is returning and my soul awakens to new possibilities. I’m in a backcountry camping area at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky. There is no shower or water, but my “room with a view” of Lake Kentucky more than makes up for it. As I look out I see new life emerging from what only a month ago seemed to be dead and gone – just like my good mood and upbeat attitude.
However, I think after autumn leaves turn brown it’s off to Florida. My heart can’t take another winter out in the lonely cold. I know there will always be something that will try and steal our joy and wound our heart, I just need to continue to look to Jesus with fresh ways to deal with life’s downers. For me, winter is my nemesis. Maybe I have Seasonal Affective Disorder and should look into light therapy?
Winter is over;
the winter rains are over, gone!
Spring flowers are in blossom all over.
The whole world’s a choir—and singing!
Spring warblers are filling the forest
with sweet arpeggios.
Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed,
and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms.
Song Of Solomon 2:9-13 (The Message)