Random thoughts on Life, Leadership, & Messy Spirituality

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has sprung – The grass has riz – I wonder where the flowers is.

Perhaps your parents or grandparents remember this old, corny tribute to spring (which is guaranteed to make any English teacher cringe). Even if you’re not a fan of bad poetry, this is a time to start looking ahead to better days.

Spring reminds us that our lives run in cycles (It also reminds us how enjoyable allergies are – but we’ll save that for another day). No matter how long or cold winter seems, spring always comes along to offer relief. Some people are unaffected by the winter season. They pull out snowboards, build snowmen, drink hot chocolate, and find other ways to celebrate. Others retreat from the cold and find themselves isolated, depressed, and inconsolable.

In extreme cases, a person’s mindset gets so bad that he experiences an affliction known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Many people who live in areas with long winters and extended darkness suffer from SAD. The symptoms include loss of appetite, reduced energy, body aches, irritability, panic attacks, and more serious conditions.

Believe it or not, one of the main treatments for SAD is … light. Many sufferers experience tremendous relief by standing near a bright light. Apparently the body can be “fooled” into thinking that it’s being exposed to sunshine. In some cases, as little as 15 minutes of exposure a day is enough to produce serotonin, a compound produced in the body that makes us feel good.

You probably know people who have “winter” cycles of life that have nothing to do with the weather. Some grow disillusioned and pessimistic, and seem to have black clouds hovering permanently above their heads. This is a good time to remind those people that life runs in cycles. No one should expect every day to be sunny and bright–physically speaking, emotionally speaking, or even spiritually speaking. We all experience dark cycles, some of which last much longer than others. During those dark times, though, we need to understand that spring follows winter … ALWAYS!

While the people you know are waiting for their clouds to break and the sun to shine again, perhaps you can offer them a light. Try exposing them to the “light of the world”–Jesus (John 8:12). But don’t be pushy. Until they are ready to receive that light for themselves, let it reflect off you to keep them encouraged and warm. Even if they can only sense the dead of winter, be a continual reminder that although their “spring” cycle may not be here quite yet ———- it’s coming! It always does!

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet

Other men see only a hopeless end, but the Christian rejoices in an endless hope.” – Gilbert M. Beeken

The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind, If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Be the reminder that “Spring is just around the corner” for the people God has placed in your life.

Check out – Psalms 57


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