We are under a Blizzard Warning as I write. Another 8-12” of snow is predicted.
Here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we are used to harsh winters, but this one has tried our patience.
Michigan is not alone. Much of the country will remember this winter for years to come. A lot of us are beginning to feel like the little boy in a recent viral video: As he’s shoveling snow, he stops, looks upward to heaven, and hollers, “JESUS, MAKE IT WARM!”
In a winter that feels like it will go on forever, now would be a good time to dust off the old saying, “This, too, shall pass.” While such adages can seem trite, they usually contain a lot of wisdom.
This winter will come to an end. Spring will come. We have God’s word on it: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22 NIV).
The weather isn’t the only thing that can get us down. There are seasons of life that can drag on, blinding us to the hope of better days ahead.
As a new mom, I recall how my baby’s colic hampered my ability to see beyond those days of utter exhaustion and frustration. I remember what seemed like an endless procession of ear infections, strep, colds and stomach bugs when my children were little. There were times of stressful financial struggles that were hard to see past.
My husband died just as our daughters hit their teen years. Juggling the stresses of single parenting, running a household, and holding down a challenging job, in the midst of my grief, pushed me beyond my limits. More than once, I hit my knees, and cried out to God, “How long, Lord? I can’t do this any more!”
Spoiler Alert: I made it through those years. Borrowing on another adage, I did it “One Day At A Time.”
During that trying season of my life, I learned to lean into God. I began each day on my knees at the side of my bed, asking God to show me His will for me that day, and to give me the wisdom and strength I needed to do it. I camped out in the Psalms and drew strength and comfort in the psalmist words when I had none of my own. I learned to ask friends for the help I needed. I set up a program of self-care that included times of rest, fun, exercise, and healthy eating. I joined forces with kindred spirits in small groups for support. I practiced vulnerability with trusted friends.
I am in a sweet spot in life right now. I am retired. My daughters are grown and doing well. I have the pleasure of being a grandma. I am privileged to have a ministry through speaking, writing and social media.
But here is what I know about sweet spots: Like the storms in life, This, Too, Shall Pass. I don’t take today’s blessings for granted. I savor them, and thank God for each one, but I hold on to them loosely.
Maybe that’s the lesson in all this.
The only thing that remains constant is change.
Whatever season of life you are in, make the best of it. If you’re stuck in a hard season – winter, or otherwise – do what you can to find moments of respite, laughter and even joy. If you are in a sweet spot, just enjoy it! Share your hope with others who may need it.
As the wind howls, and the snow swirls outside, I find hope in this: This, Too, Shall Pass.
Today’s Challenge: If this weather or other circumstances have got you down, think of one thing you could do today to make yourself feel better. If you are in a sweet spot, thank God for it. Share some hope with someone who needs it.
Kathy Ptaszek (pronounced tay-zack) loves people and is known for her warmth and the ability to connect with audiences of all ages. She has spoken to thousands of women at retreats, as well as community and church events throughout Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado for over 40 years. Kathy has a wonderful blog full of encouragement over at Holy Ground All Around.
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