It’s been a long, cold, winter – everywhere. I’m not a big fan of snow, so I’ll be more than happy to see the white stuff disappear. The last few days have been sunny and warm, almost sweater weather. The sun has melted a bunch of the snow in my yard, and some forgotten things are now being revealed – such as the hula hoop that never got put away, the mug out by the swing, the baseball in my garden.
I’ve had a few hard seasons in my life, where I felt numb, where I didn’t grow much. I put my head down against the blustery wind and huddled inside myself for a prolonged winter season. I didn’t pray or read my Bible. I focused on one day at a time thinking that season would never end.
But it did. It usually does.
Slowly, spring comes. Your heart melts a little more every day. You dare to venture outside of your shell. You lift your face to the sky and remember the warmth of the sun on your skin.
Life stops being quite so hard.
But just like my backyard, all that ‘stuff’ under the snow is still there. That anger and unforgiveness hasn’t gone anywhere. The pieces of your life that you cast aside or forgot about are still there, half buried in snow and ice. Some you’ll be able to pluck from the melting snow and be no worse for wear. Other things you’ll find didn’t weather the cold season too well and you’ll need to say goodbye.
Some of the things you’d forgotten about, maybe your self-esteem, your self-worth, that hobby, or exercising — they’re still stuck in the ice. You can see them there, they were there all along under the snow, but winter hasn’t completely let them go yet.
But it will.
When spring comes, we’re so happy to see the warmer weather that we forget the hard work of growing has only begun. We remember the bright blooms, the lush grass under our toes but forget the work it took to cultivate that beauty. It didn’t just happen.
You’ll have to plant some new seeds, turn the soil of your heart, prune, divide and transplant, and pull out – choose between what you want to keep and what you need to send to the curb.
Take heart. Spring is coming. Remember the work is always made lighter with a friend at your side, be patient with yourself (you don’t have to set it all to rights in one day – in fact, you can’t), and smile!
Would you say you’re experiencing a spring, summer, fall, or winter in your life right now? Every season has a purpose, what can you learn from this season?