“Little darling, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.” Beatles member George Harrison supposedly wrote the music and lyric to this hit recording while he was skipping out on a business meeting with his bandmates in the spring of 1969. And if those opening lyrics don’t ring true just yet, try these: “Little darling, the smile’s returning to the faces. Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here. Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun, and I say, it’s all right.”
Spring is finally arriving and to say it’s been a long, cold lonely winter would be a gross understatement. In the best of circumstances, winter brings about a seasonal depression in many of us. Less daylight, fewer opportunities to enjoy the out-of-doors, and bleak, dreary weather all combine to weigh heavily on our souls. Couple that with the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the past year and the result was a nearly unbearable winter for many.
Take a look outside though. Easter flowers have broken through the rigid ground and spring forth with their brilliant colors. Birds delightfully dart throughout the air and perch in their trees to whistle a new tune. Laughter of children playing in the quickly-greening grass can be heard. Yes, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter, but spring has arrived.
Sure, I find beauty in the occasional snow. Curling up by a crackling fire with a good book while the wintry wind rages outside does have a certain romantic appeal, doesn’t it? But I don’t find myself pining for the coldest season of the year often. In fact, in the throes of winter, I often question its purpose. Why must we endure those few months of bitter temperatures, darkened days, and leafless, desolate landscapes? The answer comes in April.
Could we properly appreciate all the beauty that surrounds us in the spring and summer if we weren’t deprived of it for a few months each year? I suspect we wouldn’t. So now it is time to get outside and enjoy the brilliance of the new spring that is before us. Thanks be to the One who gives us the seasons and thankful is the one who learns to live with those seasons, taking each one in time and appreciating it for all it has to offer.
“Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting. Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear. Here comes the sun, and I say, it’s all right.” And I say it’s all right too!