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In the second half of February, the sun is getting high enough in the sky to apply sufficient power to make some difference in local temperatures. When I was logging I would worry about that; worry about what an early thaw would do to my trucking road whereupon I hoped to ship my meager winter’s production, but now I am OK with that (i.e., retired). Now I like the February sun. My brother-in-law, a former pitcher and undying baseball fan (Milwaukee Brewers) who hates winter, has an ingenious way of expressing this.
On a day like today, when the sun is actually diminishing the snowbanks, he stands in the window and shakes his fist, and says, “Take that, snow! How do you like that?!! Well, you can look forward to some more of that!”
Winter leads to Spring. Thus the line, “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer…(Shakespeare, Richard III).” Sometimes the gloom is so deep and so prolonged that it seems that it will never end, but it will. The descent into the valley does have an ascent on the other side, however distant – and it is with great joy that we greet it. “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Anyway, today was like that. Still not warm enough to just sit, I was able to pace back and forth on the sunny side of the house with bare hands and have a cigar. And though still not warm enough for a comfortable beer, a couple of cups of chai with brandy made a good substitute. But the real cause for good cheer is enjoying the sun itself.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalm 27:14)