February in Minnesota, usually conjures up what is commonly known as “Cabin Fever.” Since we went into lockdown almost a year ago, this February is just more of the same. Cabin fever has been the norm for most of us during this time. February can create long faces or give the glory of God’s creation a fresh new look with lots of snow to play in. That is if you can still play.
When you’re a child, fresh snow that’s perfect for making snow forts and snowballs is delightful. When you’re beyond 70 it brings added aches and pains, anticipation of more and sadness that you can’t help in the removal of it. When our lives reach the winter of our existence, it’s even harder to put on a happy face. For one thing, our faces have been frozen into blank expressions. Our eyes have lost their sparkle. Our bodies just can’t keep up anymore.
This year I don’t think the elderly are the only ones that feel that way. We’re all experiencing the effects of a long winter season – much longer than any of us had ever anticipated. For a year we’ve been promised relief in a couple weeks or a month or two. We’re in a sort of desert period at the moment – spending time in the wilderness. This should be a time for us to contemplate, create, make future plans, look at our lives – repent of our wrongdoing and turn our cares over to God. Instead we’ve turned into impatient, frustrated, angry and often hostile individuals.
In spite of the pandemic, I think we all struggle through the mounds of crud in our lives every single day. We often face obstacles one right after the other, but God does have a purpose for all of it. Still it isn’t easy getting through those difficulties alone. When God is our strength, we can endure just about anything.
Dear Consistent God,
You have blessed me with another day of life. I thank you for that and for the opportunity to share my love for you with others. You are the only reason for living, because you give purpose to everything we do here on this planet. You’ve already established a plan for my life and for all your creation. I am part of that big picture, just as everyone of my fellow men and women. We cannot make it through the seasons of life without you. You alone are our strength and inspiration. Your love comes with no strings – it’s unconditional and forgiving. Thank you for all your blessings. AMEN!