Yes it is cold here in Arkansas, and I know that many other parts of the country are immobilized by the sub-zero temperatures (and that doesn’t count the wind chill factor).
I do not like cold weather…….I repeat, I do not like cold weather. Add to that a sunless day and it equals gloom and doom. Will the winter never end? We have had virtually no snow, not really any ice, and only short spans of the really cold temps, but I am so ready for Spring that it’s like a small child waiting for Christmas. Will Spring ever arrive?
As I grumble and complain about being cold, I do feel a prick of conscience that I truly have nothing to complain about. I do live in a warm home, my vehicle has a great heater, I have warm clothes, etc. so I really should grow up and stop complaining.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
So to remind my heart to be joyful regarding cold weather I tried to think of at least one good thing the cold weather does for us. Here are four things I found – Narcissus, Hyacinth, Tulips and Crocus. Each of those Spring flowers has a needed time of cold temperatures to become a thing of beauty when they bloom. A time of dormancy in the cold, damp, dark ground creates shapes, colors, and aromas that we struggle to equate with the environment it is born from. If a tiny small flower can be born from such a place, then who am I to complain about a little cold weather?
Shepherdess, keep your flock warm this winter and find joy in your heart as we wait for Spring to bring forth its beauty. Remembering always to be aware and stay safe.