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?"
' 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!