|Posted by Joan Zabelka on February 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM|
Groundhog Day is this week so all eyes are on the furry rodent.
My philosophy has always been - why let a publicity hog like Punxatauney Phil tell me whether there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring when he doesn’t live anywhere near me. Why shouldn’t I be my own “groundhog?” Why shouldn’t I be in charge of my own continued hibernation or early spring?
If I have nothing new bursting forth ready to unfurl and grow in my life then perhaps I need a few more weeks of silence and going inward. There may be something straining forward, but still deep under ground, safe under a layer of snow cover that needs more time.
On the other hand, there have been years where I am ready! I am a seed cracked open, with a little root going one way and the first set of leaves forming and reaching for the sun going the other way. New things are erupting in me – new ideas, new friends, new adventures, new talents and they have to reach for the sun now, not six weeks from now.
Spiritual hibernation or spiritual spring, which will it be for you?
I know I feel like I’m ready for an early spring, but I don’t trust that my little seedlings, unfurling each day are quite ready to stand on their own. Perhaps I will trust myself to living the present moment – what ever will be will be. This might be especially wise in Chicago since the weather fluctuates so much. A week or so ago we had 50 degrees one day, six inches of snow the next and a fantastic lightning and thunder storm the next.
Take some time this week to think about what you need right now. You might like to journal, draw, or walk with your thoughts. All of these avenues and more can be opportunites to talk to God about it too.
Weather-wise, let me be perfectly clear, I'd like an early spring.
For your Groundhog amusement...
http://youtu.be/LnnRGUcClVg I'm a Little Groundhog Song