Tuesday, February 16, 2010

North Wind

Does anyone really like the North Wind? Here in Oklahoma in wintertime, the north wind seems So Cold! Our property is surrounded by a 6-foot chain-link fence, and on windy winter days I DO NOT look forward to getting out of my van to open and shut our gate! The question may arise, Would you rather be very hot or very cold? I still don't know exactly which to choose (if I have to), but Galen says he'd rather be hot. I have been reading a book to him this winter about the south pole explorer Shackleton- one thing told was how they walked in the DISMAL cold so long and far that the soles of their feet came off and they had to tie them back on...I can't imagine that.

The past two days have been very windy here in Oklahoma City, and I thought of the children's song, "The north wind doth blow, we soon shall have snow, and what will poor Robin do then, poor thing?"
"He'll sit in the barn to keep himself warm, and hide his head under his wing, poor thing." Yet winter is a necessary season! There can be much beauty in a winter landscape. We know that many growing things have to have the freezing temperatures in order to grow properly in the summertime. I found a book at the library last year whose subtitle was "Working with Soil, Attending to Soul". Gunilla Brodde Norris wrote "A Mystic Garden" from her Mystic, Connecticut home in New England and takes the reader through the seasons of the year. I enjoyed the book so much that I ordered one from Amazon, and my copy happens to be autographed! The seller did not say it would be, so that was a pleasant surprise. I hope it's okay to share some of her thoughts here, from the section on Winter...
 ' The weather growls, hisses, screams against the window. Trees are coated with ice. Car doors freeze shut. Out there, the garden lies mute under this howling. Silently it shows how to be in the presence of storm- "Accept. Be still." ... The trees will be diamonds when the sun comes out.'
'Everything is dormant in the cold...I seem to be at a standstill. Or is it that, connected to God, one somehow moves forward even in cold? Benumbed, we may wonder if perhaps it is in quietude, in seeming deep freeze, that God enters our depth...Can we sense the soul being led?...What do we do when we wait? Plan? Fidget? Fret? Dream? Rest? Pace? Why is it so hard to do nothing?...So much is invisible now, yet deep down there is a burgeoning, unstoppable force. Life teems below the surface. Can we trust that what is not now visible in our lives will emerge one day?'

Sometime last year my pastor brought a sermon in which the thought was brought out about hard times causing spiritual growth. One scripture presented was Psalm 75:6 - "Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south." This seems to imply that it comes from the North! The cold, difficult season is necessary for us. Suffering is an inevitable part of life. AND WE KNOW...that all things work together for good...

Even in this we rejoice!

When I was a child, we had an old OLD set of The Book of Knowledge encyclopedias. It had some wonderful pictures in the children's sections. I always liked this picture of the North Wind...

To end on a warmer note, maybe Poor Robin found this barn to keep warm in!

1 comment:

  1. This is wonderful...yes, the cold harsh times are necessary for growth...lovely post.