In the Doldrums

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

~ Ephesians 5:15-16 ~

Ever been in the doldrums? No, not the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), five degrees to the north and south of the equator. I’m talking about that time in life when getting umph! is more like a huff of hot air.

Originally, doldrum referred to a “dull, sluggish person.” Today, in addition to being the common name for the ITCZ, it also refers to “a period of stagnation or slump; or a period of depression or unhappy listlessness.”

In one of the stanzas from the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes the doldrums:

The ITCZ wasn’t a happy nor good place to be. Eighteenth century sailors who got stuck in the doldrums (for weeks at a time) had to wait for the winds to change; from calm to thunderstorms or hurricanes.

I’ve been in a kind of doldrums brought on by the never-ending school year and physical fatigue. “A little here, a little there” seems to be the norm for me now. But thanks be to God—I’m still alive and doing.

The sun may be bloody hot overhead and the air saturated with humidity, but this daughter of God is moving because of His breath.

Heavenly Father, who sits above the circle of the earth, thank You for supplying all of my need. You always provide what is necessary in order to accomplish work. A cool breeze is always welcome, but Your breath comes, raises me up, and moves me in many ways. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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