Winter blahs…..ugh! I experience them every winter from the time all Christmas decorations are packed away until the first blooms of spring!
February is especially difficult for me. My mom passed away last February and my late husband’s birthday falls in this month as well. Then right smack in the middle of the month is Valentine’s Day! Since becoming widowed, this romance drenched holiday holds sadness for me as I’m surrounded with an onslaught of romantic movies, Facebook posts of flowers and gifts, declarations of true love, and constant reminders that I no longer have my “significant other” by my side.
If I only focus on what I no longer have or envy what others do have, I will soon sink into absolute misery!
It reminds me of the story in Matthew 14 about Peter getting out of the boat and walking on the water to Jesus. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matt.14:29-31)
As long as Peter was focusing on Jesus, he was doing the impossible… walking on water! But as soon as he looked at his circumstances, he faltered and started sinking.
If I allow the blahs to overtake my joy, I can feel myself sinking into despair. If I take my eyes off Jesus and how He is blessing me, I can easily sink into the temptations of this world. If I permit the blahs to overtake my life, I am essentially doubting God’s plan. I am choosing to look at my circumstances rather than staying focused on Jesus.
May I (and you) remain full of faith, even when life doesn’t seem to be going in our favor, and may we never doubt Jesus and his love for us! Why would we ever doubt Him? He is always faithful!
Wishing you the remainder of this winter blah free!