A Day in February
February launches a wonderful time and opportunity of reflection as well as a time of anticipation. Long, cold winter days give way to hours of reading and meditating on those things that bring warm joy into our hearts and lives; rightfully being since February is also known as “heart” month. So, as you read my blog today perhaps you’d like to have a good cup of coffee in hand with your own personal devotional book to reference as the Spirit leads you.
Let me ask you this question, “How is your heart doing today? Is it a healthy, happy heart both physically and emotionally?” Sometimes, our heart can hurt us from a physical perspective. We hear that our heart is beating too fast or perhaps too slow. In either regard there is reason for concern. Sometimes, we may even hear that our heart is struggling to do its job effectively. Doctors may introduce us to new or different medicines and exercise as a way to help our physically hurting heart to be stronger. Then, there is the emotional side of our heart…Let me ask you this question. ”Is your heart breaking into right now from circumstances and situations beyond your control?” Oh, my friend, the precious heart of man…
At my age (age 59), I hear a lot about the heart of matters both physically and emotionally. Women tend to hurt more than men from an emotional perspective. Men don’t always understand the “heart of a woman.” Yet, a woman may not always understand the “heart of a man.” Men need to feel strong, vibrate, alert, in-charge, respected, and active both physically and mentally. Even though a woman may need these things as well, she is never more of a vibrate, healthy woman than when she is giving and receiving love from those she loves; no matter her physical shape or condition. It’s all about love in a woman’s eyes.
There’s nothing stronger on the planet than God’s love and a mother’s heart. The two make quite a combination of strength and courage. The two together can conquer most anything thrown towards it…But, when a woman’s heart is broken emotionally so is her spirit. It’s as if she exists without being seen or heard…It’s like she simply disappears into a background of despair, apathy, and desolation.
Have you ever gone into a nursing home to see a woman sitting alone in her wheelchair rocking a baby doll back and forth? Her arms long to hold life because she is the giver of life. People need people and without people there is no reason to exist. And, no one knows this truth more than a mother.
But, where do we turn and what do we do when the world we once knew no longer exists? Where do we go in times of trials when those we love have all gone on their own path of life forgetting and even forsaking the love we once nurtured, cherished, gave and received?
It’s difficult to hear a loved one tell you that you are not enjoyable to be around because your “joy” is gone when they are your “joy.” At this point, life seems to become a catch-22; or better yet, like a dog chasing its own tail…nothing works, nothing matters, nothing changes as the circle of dilemma goes round and round…round and round…heading nowhere.
But, by Faith, we must remember that just like winter gives way to spring…and spring gives way to winter…life does change…Live will change; for in a blink of an eye it can actually cease to exist. So, we must be grateful for the moment; no matter the status of the moment; good or bad.
Yes; these are thoughts that one might ponder on a cold, dreary February day. But, then somewhere in the crevices of the spirit the thoughts of springtime and a new life emerging etch their way into the mind… and a smile comes on our face as we look forward to warmer days, warmer nights, lots of sunshine and even planting new flowers just to watch them grow…Springtime…when life returns…And, all is at peace again.
The world is a good place and whatever it is that may have you down and dreary on this February day will soon dissipate and you will once again feel a bounce back in your step and a “joy” in your heart.
Sometimes, we have to get off the beaten path to find our way. That is one reason I feel that God lead me to create my blog and to title my first book, Break Away. We must “Break Away” to find God in all things…And, that “breaking away” may include breaking away from old habits, old paths, old ways of thinking…It’s OK to be “all over the radar screen,” as they say, for a short time until you get your sense of direction back. Long, cold, and even lonely February nights can provide “off the radar” opportunities. Sometimes, it’s alright to not fly safely under the radar but right into the face of the radar and shouting, “I’m alive. I’m alive. I’m alive. Can you see me?” We all need to be seen at times as a way of feeling valued, appreciated, and loved.
When our youngest daughter was a little girl she would stand still and place one (just one!) finger up to her eye and say, “Can you see me?” I thought that was the cutest thing ever that she could imagine that one tiny finger could hide her entire little body. But, you know some people feel the same way about their life and existence…They feel as if something or someone has blinded and blocked the view of their existence. No one sees them. It can even be something very small but suddenly the small obstacle has completely erased a feeling of self-worth and value. They need someone to say, as I would say to my daughter, “Yes, I can see you. And, I love you.”
What we all need to be reminded is that just as my little daughter could still be seen while holding up her one little finger….our lives can still be seen when clouded with doubt, confusion, trials, and all kinds of intrusive, negative, and destructive feelings. We can still be seen by those who love us.
We must be reminded that LOVE, even though it may be temporarily unseen, much like a seeding underground still exists waiting until it blossoms into full, splendor of sight…And that no matter what comes into our path to rob us of joy, LOVE can never truly and actually die…For God is LOVE and as long as GOD is alive…There is LOVE.
May you feel God’s warm Love flowing through your spirit each and every day; no matter the season.
In God’s Care,
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author
Break Away by WestBow Press