February is the longest month in the year. At least it seems that way in dreary cold snowbound Northwest Ohio. I really think we should lift this month out of winter and move it in between July and August – extending summer and shortening winter.
I don’t mind the changes in seasons, but by this time of year, the weight of winter seems heavy and never ending. Sort of like some of the problems we have in life.
Is there any hope?
If I just focus on the bleak weather and lifeless trees, then that is all I see. But if I step back with unobstructed eyes, subtle changes become visible.
The days grow notably longer and brighter. Someone said to me the other day he drove home after work without turning on his headlights. When winter began on December 21, we had only nine hours of light; two months later we have 11 hours of light.
Within two miles, I saw a deer, skunk, opossum, and raccoon while driving this week. The animals are awake and moving – another faint clue something is changing.
I haven’t seen a robin yet or green buds on the trees, but spring is coming. At times my heart is heavy with concerns and I feel powerless and hopeless, yet when I step back with unobstructed eyes, just like the changes in seasons, subtle changes in my problems become visible.
Spring is coming and even in the dead of winter, signs of new life stir.
Take a moment to enjoy the music and scenes for the video segment called the First Signs of Spring, from one of my favorite movies, Bambi 2.
May God show you His hidden hints of hope no matter what you are facing. Spring is coming!