February 4, 2019
February has begun in Montana in a very cold, snowy way, and we are undoubtedly in for a month of genuine winter. As country people, we are used to the severe weather and ready for it in a number of ways including plenty of firewood, a pantry full of provisions, and warm clothing and bedding.
However, for many people this month carries more threat than just cold weather. The lack of sunshine and dismal weather can bring on depression, particularly for those who are isolated or dealing with personal problems beyond their ability to cope.
If you or anyone in your life is facing the dismal grayness of February with worries, fears or depression, the need for light and the Light of the World are greater than normal. This time of year when we are inside more than usual can be a time to study the Scriptures, pray, and encourage in ourselves and others a stronger faith and spiritual life.
Faith can be fed by a number of things if we set our minds on walking with Jesus. First among those things is hope. February may be dismal and gray in many parts of the northern hemisphere, but it also is a month when every day gets longer. Light is growing stronger in February, light which will someday soon bring springtime.
If you are an early riser, you may be seeing sunrises first rather than a period of darkness. Sunrises can bring color and promise to the beginning of our days, literal enlightenment at a time when we need it badly. When you see the beauty of sunrise, consider a time for prayer and contemplation of God’s promises and blessings.
During the day, we can look for more reasons for hope, more evidence that God has given us purpose and many gifts and Jesus has given us the example of a perfect life of service as well as His salvation. Winters will always come, both the seasonal weather kind and the figurative life-disturbing kind which comes with troubles and loss.
Just as we store up supplies “against the winter,” as my Grandma used to say, we can store up spiritual strength along with faith, hope and love, against the winters of our lives and thoughts. May you always be surrounded with warmth and goodness in February and always.