Friday, February 26, 2010
We are getting socked. With snow, that is. This morning I even had to shove the back door open against a wall of snow. But since there's no place for us to go today (and maybe we'll stay in our pj's all day), let it snow, let it snow, let it, well, you know...
It's difficult to believe on mornings like this that Spring will ever come. That there will be picnics with blankets upon the lawn and yard sales with tables in peoples' yards and countryside drives alongside green pastures and barns and old white farmhouses. It's nearly impossible to imagine sunshine warming ones back while planting seeds and hoeing weeds in gardens.
But those things, those days will come. They always do. Now what remains is that we'll be able to wait patiently until we see Spring and hold onto hope that it will bring new life, new birth as it always has before.
But how tragic, how devastating to lose all hope. And here at this point I'm speaking of the tragedy of Andrew Koenig, "Boner" from Growing Pains, a show I often listen to on video while repainting my rooms. This week I followed the story of Andrew's disappearance, I prayed for him and his family all the prayers within me, cried along with his parents before the camera and was reminded at how one life can affect thousands of others. And then the horrid news came--they found Andrew out in the woods he loved... and he'd committed suicide.
Oh people, please, above all else, never, ever lose all hope.
If you are feeling desperate please seek help until you find the help you need. Help is always out there, it's just hard to find at times. And if you're feeling depressed? Along with seeking help, please learn all you can about nutrition, ok? But always, help is everywhere, yet you'll find it only if you never stop searching. And God is always there waiting to reward the search--seek me and you will find me, He says. He's given us Himself, He's given us people who love us and He's given us hope. All He asks is that we never, ever let go of any of those gifts.
"You will seek me and you will find me when you search with your whole heart." ... Jeremiah 29:13
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.