January is considered to be the most depressing month with January 24th being the most depressing day of the year. This is put down to differing reasons but could include: overspending in December, having to stretch finances out longer then usual, resolutions that were made in the New Year already being broken, the bad weather, the cold, lack of sunshine and essential vitamins, cold and flu viruses. Oh, the cares of this world…..
For my part, I am a glass half full sort of person and tend to look for the positives in life when I can. I look forward to Sundays, when I am able to come away from the worries of the world and meet with like-minded people to think about God’s plans for the future and of the sacrifice our Lord Jesus made for us so that we can be part of that future.
Recently, one Sunday I learned about how Eagles teach their young to fly. When the Eaglets are fully fledged, the adult Eagle will spread their wings over their nests to teach the Eaglets how to strengthen their wings. They will then stir up the nest and the young will fall, the adult bird will fly below them, catching them on the back of their wings and bringing them up to greater heights before letting them go to fly once again, thus teaching them and allowing them to gain strength in their wings. You might call it tough love.
In the Bible we can read how God loves, cares and teaches his people much like the Eagle. In Deuteronomy 32 v10&11 we read how God cared for Jacob “He shielded and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions”. What an uplifting picture this paints (excuse the pun).
So, if you have been finding January a little challenging it may be helpful to look for some positives – January is over, the day light hours are getting longer and the early spring flowers are beginning to bloom. Brighter times are around the corner and God is there to catch us, care for us and teach us when we fall – if we only seek him out.