Well, it’s that time of year again, where we in the United States celebrate another beloved holiday season, daylight savings time! Where we set our clocks back one hour. Where the days are increasingly darker for longer. Where the folks who suffer from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) pull out their lights to help them with their symptoms.
Some people would call it doldrums. A period of stagnation, slump, depression, or unhappy listlessness. It is also a region of the ocean near the equator, characterized by calms, light winds. It’s a popular nautical term that refers to the belt around the Earth near the equator where sailing ships sometimes get stuck on windless waters. It can be called becalmed.
It is where a sailing ship is unable to move for lack of wind and is rendered motionless.
I know I’ve been rendered motionless at points of trial in my life. But as a follower of Jesus, I call out to Him and ask for help. And He graciously sends His Holy Spirit to help.
The Hebrew word “Ruach” is defined as “wind” or “breath.” In our faith, it is an important word that refers to the Holy Spirit. Ruach is the wind that God breathes on us. When God breathed life into Adam, it was the ruachthat God breathed…the life-giving breath that gives all of us life. In the same way, Jesus breathed onto his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” On the day of Pentecost, all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.
When I feel like a lonely little ship, with no wind in my sails, it is refreshing to know I can call to receive a roaring, mighty windstorm to come to my aid. Then I’m not stuck, unable to move forward or be rendered motionless in my life.
Instead of being becalmed, I can be calm.
So I hope this puts things in perspective for those of you who do not like the time change. Because we might have to deal with it a little longer.
In 2022, the United States Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act which would permanently activate daylight savings time, if it actually comes into effect. But we are waiting on the U.S. House of Representatives to get it off their desks, and pass it.
And it being so close to Election day, I’m not going to comment on why they think sunshine needs protection. Ooops, I guess I just did. Oh well, I just going to be calm, trusting in the One who I know will always come to my aid when I call.
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