Sometimes we go through long times of not feeling so great. Stuff, life, just kinda sucks for a while.
This is sort of like winter for us in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Sure, snow is pretty...for a while. But all that coldness strips the trees and nature of their liveliness, they almost look dead to us.
But in the springtime, the snow melts and all that naturery (not a word) goodness comes back.
One of my favorite flowers to take photos of in the spring is the hepatica. It’s surprising that this little flower, like many others, doesn’t completely die during the winter but somehow protects itself from complete death and makes a reappearance in the spring. (Only mostly dead).
I think this is much like our own lives, at least definitely with my own. There are times, perhaps especially during the winter when I’m cooped up inside to stay warm when its so cold out, walled off from the rest of the world and my friends and family, that I feel alone, withered, cold not only literally but perhaps emotionally and spiritually as well.
1 Peter 5:10
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
There will be bummer times that frankly suck. Times where it seems it can’t possibly get worse,...and then it totally does.
But the sun always rises (well, until our star goes super nova, but we won’t have to worry about that for another 7 billion years, give or take a few million). The spring will always come (ok, I guess if we create a nuclear winter, then, fine, it won’t, but still).
You get the point. It’s been said, more eloquently than I, that there are seasons in life. I hate it when people say this. “I know you’re still single, but it’s only a season, God has a plan.”
It feels like a cop out when people say that, it’s almost as bad as saying “God works in mysterious ways” instead of actually having a conversation.
Sure, he does, and yes, there are seasons, but let’s actually discuss what is happening here.
I truly do believe that God does have a plan for my life, and for yours. But I also think there are ways that we can both follow Him and take conscious, decisive action to get out of our funk and pursue more healthy habits and encourage the springtime of our soul to come.
A part of this is of course making time for God in our prayer time, reading the bible and receiving prayer from others. But it can also, and perhaps should include, meditation, exercise, and a healthy nutritional diet. (“Nate...you’re acting weird, what happened to that guy who just played video games...”), oh yeah, and video games. Play more video games and watch movies.
Well, sort of. Let me respond to my attempt to be funny. On a personal note, I do enjoy video games and watching shows on Netflix and movies. However, when I’m not getting enough time with actual friends in real life, sometimes I find myself replacing my friends with characters in a show.
But when the hour show ends, or the season or series is done...then what? Those people are gone, they never existed in the first place. Just characters in a script.
When I’m not making enough time with actual friends then I, as an extrovert, get depressed. However, I’ve also recognized that I need solitude and alone time with God to recharge as well.
Obviously this is all about balancing the many things we have in our lives.
Let me end with this. Don’t wait for circumstances to bring the springtime for your soul. I encourage you to begin taking decisive action to pursue a better, healthier outlook on life. We can’t control everything, but there are things that we do have power over and we can choose to work on them.
Good luck and Godbless.
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