Gone Underground



…times of dormancy and deep rest are essential to all living things. Despite all appearances, of course, nature is not dead in winter–it has gone underground to renew itself and prepare for spring. Winter is a time when we are admonished, and even inclined, to do the same for ourselves.

Our inward winters take many forms–failure, betrayal, depression, death. But every one of them, in my experience, yields to the same advice: “The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them.” Until we enter boldly into the fears we most want to avoid, those fears will dominate our lives. But when we walk directly into them–protected from frostbite by the warm garb of friendship or inner discipline or spiritual guidance–we can learn what they have to teach us. Then, we discover once again that the cycle of the seasons is trustworthy and life-giving, even in winter, the most dismaying season of all.
~Parker Palmer


Why has “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen” resonated as the universal pop anthem of the past year for people of all ages and backgrounds?
Maybe we heed the call to emerge from our dormancy, to reach out in our God-given ability to overcome despite everything the outward and inward winters blow at us.

I trust, from all I’ve learned in His Word  —  I have only gone underground temporarily and will soon emerge in renewal.

The cold never bothered me anyway?
Yes, of course it did, but it is not the end of the story.




4 thoughts on “Gone Underground

  1. Beautifully stated. A practical, often overlooked and possibly misunderstood imagery for those times when present reality becomes too much to bear and we need to go underground – into the silence and the darkness of our inner being – our soul – to find ourselves, to renew, to heal. Hopefully, we will invite as our guide and companion the Holy Spirit, our advocate and protector whom Jesus promised to send to us. He has kept His promise. All we have to do is to listen and trust.


  2. Addendum
    Emily, I failed to mention how effective your choice of the photo Snowdrop 11915 is in today’s post. One does not need to be an agronomist to understand the significance of the imagery that adds so much to the text. Each person will interpret the meaning as it relates to one’s life situation.
    I have made a copy for my clipart files (citing the proper resource). Hope that is permissible.


  3. As a child I loved the winter, and often played all day outside, coming home with frozen gloves and bright pink cheeks. As an adult, with an oil furnace to feed during the OPEC-induced shortages of the mid-1970s, I learned to be wary of winter. As a professional firefighter, I began to fear it. Only now, in my late sixties, have I been able to see winter as it truly has been all along, so aptly described above, and discontent has turned to something else, something better.


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