Cold Winter Days

I love mornings, but the dark and dreary ones are harder to get motivated than the bright sunny ones.  This time of the year, we are definitely exposed to many dull mornings of gray skies.  It makes getting on with my day difficult.  Sometimes negative thoughts bombard my brain and I would love nothing more than to crawl back into my nice warm bed.

I always find that I want snow the entire month of December.  I wait anxiously for it to arrive and I feel excited every time it snows.  By January, I still love the snow, but it is starting to wear on me.  The cold starts to infest my bones and the snow isn’t as welcomed as it was in the month of December.

By February, I am almost done with snow, but it still comes pounding down.  I’m also sick of the cold, but I know that living in Canada, I still have March to get through, and maybe part of April to make it through before the warmer days start to arrive.

As I was driving to school on one of these cold, dark mornings, thinking how sick I was getting of the snow it started to snow shower.  It was just the softest of snowflakes dancing around under the gray skies they were falling from.  The roads were snow packed which made my entire world seem dim, but these sparkling little snowflakes somehow lifted my spirits.  It just added dazzle to the morning sky.

Isn’t it cool how life is such a metaphor?  It goes to prove that even in the darkest of times, we have to look for the positive cloud of snow showers that could be there.  We all are going to go through our storms and our winter months.  That is what life is all about.  We weren’t promised sunshine every day of our lives.  We have to learn to find the little things that brighten our days.  We have to realize that even in the darkness there is something positive to take out of it.

John 16:33 assures us, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

We are going to have our winter months of life.  We are going to have our storms, but we have to take the time to find the dazzle in these times.  Find the good in them and give praise for what they are doing for you.  Just like the beautiful snow shower on my dreary morning drive to work.  Pray that you can see the positives in a bad situation.  You might not understand it, but with the help of God, you will overcome it and the spring showers are just around the corner once we make it to the month of April.

As I said earlier, our life and everything around us is just a metaphor.  We are living in one big story.  Our story unfolds however you want it to unfold!  Just like our mornings.  We can wake up grumpy from the gloomy day and stay grumpy all day, or we can try to change our grumpy mornings around so that we can have a great day.  It’s all based on what you choose to do with your gloomy winter’s day.

Remember, Proverbs 14:10, “Your joy is your own; your bitterness is your own.  No one can share them with you.”  If you aren’t bringing people down with you, then rise up and choose to be joyful on this cold winter day!  The cold is bitter enough.