It’s springtime here in the Midwest. And with that always comes excitement. The long, dark winter is finally over. The sun is starting to shine and daylight hours are longer. We start to feel alive again. All things are made new.
You know that feeling at the end of winter when it really begins to weigh on you? You’ve played all the games, done all the crafts, watched all the movies, and read all the books all within the confines of your home. And at that moment, you start to feel like the walls are caving in on you. You feel as though you’ve given it all you’ve got with nothing left to give. Your bag of tricks is just empty. The kids have gone mad…Heck, friends, who are we kidding? We’ve all gone a little mad ourselves! There is so much cooped up energy. So much energy. And did I mention the noise? Oh, the noise. You long for vitamin D. You need fresh air. Your kids need fresh air. You all need spring.
And just when you feel like you can’t do it anymore, it comes. And we see the new, and the sun, and the world goes from dark and dreary to bright and light. Freedom! The bikes come out of retirement, the dandelions are picked, the ball gloves are pulled out. The farmers are out in full swing. It’s the start of a new, fresh season, and it feels so good.
Life is like that, too, isn’t it, friends? We have seasons. Seasons of darkness. Times of sadness. Hardship. Feeling empty. But I love that the light always comes. That we are promised a time to dance. One thing we can count on in life is change. So if you’re in a winter in your life (real or metaphorical), remember that spring always follows…a time of new, and growth, and light, and freedom.
What season of life are you in right now? Can you see the light? If not, hold fast to the hope that it is coming.
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