No, it’s not what you think. I didn’t imbibe beyond limit and I don’t have a headache. I’m not calling in sick to work and I’m not sipping milk and eating crackers.
The hangover I’m referencing occurs these first few January weeks after the holidays and is always a bit of a let down for me. My living room seems bare without the tree and the red, blue and green decorations that use to dot my house are now in their boxes in the attic. No more breaking my healthy eating habits and no more parties and extra events to put me in the holiday spirit.
I have a hangover.
It is in these days and weeks — when life seems to crawl along under the dark blanket of winter — that I need a way to recover and to move ahead with joy. When nothing seems to be happening, happiness seems to be hibernating.
It is now — this morning especially — that Jesus’ words take on a new encouragement.
“I am with you always — even in the hangovers.” Matthew 28:20 [TRV- Todd Revised Version]
Five words to revitalize me. Five words to encourage me. Five words that tell me my hangover is almost over. He reminds me that there are no life situations from which he is absent. He crafts the environments of fun and holds my hand when its over. He tells me to buck up when I need that and provides rest when I need that too. He is always with me which makes my hangover endurable.