February and Winter
The month of February is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand it is a month of joy because it is when I celebrate Pat’s birthday and we also have fun celebrating Valentine’s Day. On the other hand, it is also a month that simply helps to drag out the doldrums of Winter. Weather-wise, it can be a cold, harsh, snowy month.
Monza Naff has written a poem on the season of winter titled, “Praying for a Thaw.” This is one of four poems about the four seasons. Numerous poems about the seasons start with Spring and birth cycles, and end with Winter and death cycles. Her poems go a different direction and try to get us to fully embrace the positive nature of each season. Such a view allows us to see the Winter season not as a time to hibernate like a bear but rather a time to find the inner solitude that feeds our spiritual life. It is a time of reflection where we can examine our strengths and weaknesses. It is a time to light the spark of new insight that can be developed and acted upon later.
To be honest, February is one of the hardest months for me because I long for the months of March and April which tell me that Spring is in the air. But Naff’s insight on Winter helps me see the month of February in a better light and perhaps I will move through this month with less melancholy and despair.
Perhaps this is helpful, perhaps not. The thing is seasons come and go. Time marches on. There is nothing we can do about that. We can’t hasten the process of nature and we can’t slow it down. One day moves into another and before we know it, we are in a new season with its own challenges and joys. In the midst of all of this, it is important that we find ways to connect God to our daily living and to allow God to walk with us whether we be in our favorite season of the year or our least favorite. If you don’t like the winter months, the good news is that they won’t last forever. The bad news is they will surely come around in due time next year. And the good news on top of that is God will go with us in our journey through the seasons and the journey of life. Travel well and go with God.