by Pastor Mark Fisher
February 14, 2017
February! Three months down and another long three to go. SADness had set in; SAD being the abbreviated form of what the pros call Seasonal Affective Disorder, or what the rest of us call Cabin Fever. Yes, growing up in the north with over six months of winter took its toll.
The following is an example of a typical February day as a kid:
6:45 am: Mom wakes us up for school (I had another not so nice name for it). It’s dark and cold in the cabin like the last ninety-odd mornings.
7:30 am: Into the freezing car with brick seats and off to school, shuddering the whole way.
8:00 am: Detained at school under duress. (During school we daydreamed of better days ahead, like the Spring thaw and no school).
4:00 pm: Back at home for the long dark evening. (Now became the most dangerous time for my brothers. I saw the warning signs: “Symptoms include[ed] restlessness, irritability, paranoia, irrational frustration with everyday objects [like me], forgetfulness [like homework], laughter, excessive sleeping, distrust of anyone they are with [like me], and an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, dark or hail. (Wikipedia, Cabin Fever)” The poor fellows had no TV, computer or video games. All they had were books and their younger brother (me) to pick on. Their symptoms were beyond expert help, even from my dad who was a professional counselor.
9:00 pm: Off to bed to dream of the possibility of a better tomorrow.
Sometimes our trials seem to constrain us and we feel the pressure, somewhat like Cabin Fever. Yet, the Bible encourages us in Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” The wait may be long as our faith in Christ is challenged, but God in His way and time ushers in the Spring.
Well, with today’s internet and Wikipedia, I now know the problem. It really was SAD, My brothers weren’t psychotic after all; they were simply experiencing Cabin Fever.
Yes, hope increased as Spring came with its longer days and warmer weather, the SAD symptoms faded away as better days drew near!