About this time of every year, I begin to feel the effects of what I’ve labeled the “February Blahs.” By now, Christmas is only a distant memory and spring seems too far away to build any anticipation. It’s cold… dark… dreary, and each day brings with it a monotony that seems to grow heavier with each passing week.
Wake. Work. Sleep. Repeat.
And repeat … … …
And so, by the latter half of January, it can seem that the bleakness outside migrates into the soul and becomes the lens through which everything is viewed and judged. The difficulties and concerns that were hardly a thought a few months ago subtly take on a progressively increasing weight that relentlessly pulls the heart downward.
Until Jesus calls us home we continue to live in a world of disappointment, and if we don’t learn to anticipate and deal with these inevitable struggles, the clouds of today will seep in and block the sunshine of tomorrow.
While there are no quick fix-all remedies for very real pain and hurt that exists in this life, believers in Jesus need to remember that this world isn’t all there is. Paul put it this way in the Colossians 3. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (vs 1-3)
If the pattern I’ve experienced the past years continues, I can expect that my sojourn through the February doldrums will lift in a few weeks when the days get longer, the warmer weather arrives, and we start prepping our garden for new life, but that’s not the case for everyone.
Life doesn’t always turn out as we’d hope, and even when the fog does retreat, the landscape can look vastly different than it used to be, leaving us feeling disoriented and alone. As real as our emotions can be, scripture emphatically states that this perception is wrong. Christ’s last words to His disciples in the Gospel of Matthew were a promise that He would be with us “always, to the very end of the age.”(Matt. 28:20) That means that you don’t have to wait for warm feelings, or for the light to shine on your circumstances. You can believe the promises of Jesus because He proved His trustworthiness when He died on the cross for our sins and broke the power of death through His resurrection.
So, regardless of what your senses tell you or how dark it gets outside, anchor your hope in God and His promises. Believe that He is present now in your circumstances and will be faithful to take your hand and lead you out of your temporary cloud of darkness and into the forever light of eternity with Him.