From the Parsonage…
Have you ever heard the phrase "Cabin Fever?"
It was generally used to describe that tired, lethargic
feeling that comes along with the cold months of
winter. You know, those days when you don't even
want to get out from under the covers, let alone get up
and do something! It seems to be influenced by dark,
dreary weather as much as the cold temperatures, and
your spirits hit an all time low during those gloomy
days. All we can think about is our desire that spring comes quickly! This "Cabin Fever" is real and can have a devastating effect on many people.
I know that there are some folks out there who would disagree with this. Like sled dogs, there are people who actually revel in the cold months of winter. They seem to be invigorated by the crisp, cold air and the need to bundle up to survive. You'll see them as the first ones to venture out after a snow storm, excited to build a snowman, go sledding, hit the ski slopes, or even shovel sidewalks! I love their ability to overcome any laziness or unhappiness brought on by this season of the year. I, however, am not one of them! I just want to hibernate or go dormant until the sun shines again.
So, what's my point in writing about this? Maybe people, like some plants and animals, need that down time, that time of going dormant, in order to truly fulfill God's plan. Instead of just shutting down, maybe we can use that time to do some of the things we don't do when the weather allows us more freedom of activity. You know, like deep cleaning the house, going through closets, reading a book we've put off, catching up on correspondence, or studying the Bible. Or maybe we just need to rest and reflect...on the marvels of this world we live in and the blessings God has provided.
If you're like me and tend to give in to your weakness instead of looking on the bright side, you can take heart. Even Solomon, the wisest of men, went through a time of depression when he questioned his life and purpose. (I've often wondered if the weather was involved in the timing!) His musings can be found in the book of Ecclesiastes, and I've found them to be a big help when I've been searching. There is indeed a time for "every purpose under heaven." Maybe one purpose of the cold, dark winter is to prepare us to appreciate the glory of the coming spring.
I pray that we all stay warm, healthy, and positive as we wait...
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven..."