“Your Year In Review” is what I first saw on Facebook this morning. Curious, I watched social media put together a slide show of what it thought were my most meaningful moments. Wowzers…… was social media ever OFF!
I’ve had a great year. I’ve had a fabulous week. The past two mornings, I’ve woken up overwhelmed with thankfulness over how good God has been to me, for as far back as I’m able to remember. And lately, He has been on a daily basis showing me just how much He loves me.
This year has been FULL of great things – I set a goal in January to lose 52 pounds by December 31st. I only lost 38, but I’m so thankful for that! Just for fun, I went blonde – and am having way more fun! LOL I was able to attend the Gospel Coalition Conference for Women in Indiana with my friends Ruth and Sarah this summer, and in April I flew to Louisiana and spent a weekend visiting with a pen pal and friend I have had for a few years, and had never met in person. Then, just when I thought the year couldn’t get any better (because the trip to Louisiana was definitely a highlight!), I became a Grandma to my darling little Lyla Grace. I love watching my son and daughter-in-law fall in love with their daughter, and I love watching her respond to them. And it is AMAZING how one little sweet life can bond a family even closer. Can life get any better than this? (Turns out, it can).
It’s been a stellar year. One like no other. I’m happier than I think I’ve ever been. There were so many things that I wanted to say in this blog…… But then God reminded me of something from my childhood. The waiting room in Dr. Fink’s office – my pediatrician from when I was a little girl. I loved that waiting room. There were small round tables with chairs that looked like baskets. Each was a different color, and I always wanted the yellow one. There were boxes of crayons – the wide ones with one flat side so you could shade lightly on the borders. They ALWAYS had brand new coloring books, and stacks and stacks of Highlights For Children. I never minded going, because the waiting room was so fun! And on our way out, the secretary always let me go behind her desk to peek into the “treasure box” full of goodies. I would carefully decide on what to bring home – but I always chose a shiny little girly trinket.
I can’t think of many other waiting rooms I’ve enjoyed. I mean – who looks forward to mammograms and root canals, after all? Right? But I sure did enjoy Dr. Fink’s waiting room……
Sometimes, God puts us in a “waiting room” in life too. That’s what a good friend recently shared with me. And this morning, I remembered those coloring books and Highlights for Children, and remembered how much I enjoyed the wait…… I knew perhaps a painful immunization was coming – but I also knew there was a treasure chest with something special just for me in it when the doctor’s visit was over. That’s what life feels like right now as 2016 comes to a close. I have no idea what God has in mind for me. But as I reflect back over the year, and the year before that, and the one before that, and all the way back as far as I can remember….. I am confident I don’t need to fear some of the painful “immunizations” I need for my own health. He does His greatest work in me while He keeps me in His waiting room! And He always has a treasure chest with something special in it, just for me.
And the ONLY way I can think to close this blog is by telling you not to fear the waiting room. God is good, and He always has good things in store for those who love Him!