January Thaw

Growing up in Indiana, I don’t remember there ever being what Minnesotans call “January Thaw.” Maybe winters are just milder there. Maybe the Lake Effect from Lake Michigan kept everything pretty even. Maybe I was just too young to notice or care. But I have to say, I’m a big fan of January Thaw.

I love the little taste of spring that we get: the reprieve after a few cold weeks. It’s a little late Christmas gift from God to remind us that it isn’t always this cold, and won’t stay this way. The kids have been outside about every day, and I haven’t had to stop to put on my hate and gloves everything I need to run out to the mailbox. We might even go sledding. It’s been sunny and beautiful here in Park Rapids, and everybody seems happier. You should have heard the singing on Sunday!

I know, I know: it’s just a taste of “warmer” weather. The rest of January and February (and even March!) will be colder and maybe snowier. There will be days for just staying inside and looking at pictures of beaches and lakes to swim in. I’m not so naive to think that spring is on it’s way. But it’s a little reminder from God that “while the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)