Oh, January (my lament)
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Oh January, you are so very cold.
So I'm kind of in a winter funk. No motivation, no inspiration for the new year ahead, hungover from the holidays, and just wanting to sort of hibernate with my family. This happens to me every January. While many people get refreshed with the new year, I sort of get stifled for some reason. I get burned out on social media and my creative tank is just dry.
I'm seeking God's promises this week that He's working things out for my good. And I'm honestly okay with stepping into the new year quietly and slowly. It's okay to sit still for a bit. And wait to decipher what God has for me in 2014 before jumping in to quickly with my own plans. My own plans can be so deafening and self-seeking. And as Bethany Dillon sings, "Lord, You can do more in my waiting, than in my doing I could do." It's so true.
And while many people get a rush of inspiration in January, my rush doesn't usually come until Spring. Winter is such a metaphorically dorment season for me. It's more a time of stillness and sowing. Springtime, on the other hand, brings harvest and productivity and new life. I literally defrost - both physically and creatively.
So until then, I'm just going to lean into it -- this dorment, bone-chilling winter. With some good music, good books, hot baths, thermal socks, and approximately seventeen layers of blankets. I will sow some seeds and rest. The stillness of Winter always makes way for the beauty of Spring.
Listening to this sweet song this week....