Having traveled recently to Florida, it was so nice to be basking in the sun and soaking up some rays. There were flowers in bloom, birds chirping and bugs zipping around. The sun was warm and reminded me of what is around the weather corner.
And so it snowed today.
Now I love the change of the seasons. I love that I live in an area of the country that is blessed with experiencing all four seasons. But as I find myself in the “middle” of a given season, I find myself day dreaming of the exact opposite season. Last summer, during the real “dog days of summer” I couldn’t wait for the humidity to end and cooler temps to usher their way in...well now that I’ve got the cooler temps, I can’t wait for the warmth of the summer sun!
Maybe this makes me a fickle New Englander. But it’s more likely that I am hopeful for the warmer weather that is sure to return again.
We have just entered into the Lenten season. During the Advent season I looked forward to Lent. (That’s me being fickle again!) Advent is filled with hope in the birth of Jesus. Lent is filled with hope that through the starkness of the environment and the cleansing of our inner selves through fasting, prayer and almsgiving, we will find ourselves closer to God. We are given the gift of 40 days to travel on that road called “hope”. What is beautiful for me this year is that during Holy Week, I turn 51. If I put my trust in God and I am diligent about my fasting, praying and almsgiving, I will be blessed with an even closer relationship to God, for I will have made it more about Him and less about me. What a wonderful gift that will be!
So tomorrow I will put on my winter boots...again. I will venture into the work week fasting from those things that tear people down and praying for those things that build people up. I will embrace the opportunities to give to others and I will look forward to Easter with a hope-filled heart. Not only will it be a glorious conclusion to the Lenten season, it will also usher in our school vacation week and the hope for warmer temperatures!