Sometimes plans don’t go the way we want them to. Sometimes a whole year doesn’t go the way you expect it to. 2017 was that year for us, for my husband and I. We had such hopes, a transplant for him, possibly add to the family… However, 2017 had other ideas for us.Almost twelve hospital admissions for hubby and constantly getting sick myself, it felt like a never ending roller coaster of our health.
Granted the year wasn’t all horrible. We had some amazing moments scattered between the health hiccups. Human Nature in concert; a friend’s’ wedding; some amazing movies; and some other amazing live acts. Joining a new church was also a highlight of the year. And spending time with family and friends. However, it is hard not to feel as if the hospital visits overshadowed all that. Especially, in the past two weeks.
But, I’ve already done plenty of wallowing in misery over our joint situation, and it wouldn’t really be honest if I just used this platform to spout all “woe is me” to all of you. Of course, honesty prohibits me from hiding the sorrow that I’ve felt this year. Sorrow for the year that didn’t end up the way we wanted it to. Hubby and I have both struggled this year. But, and this is an extremely important and big but, I know God has carried us through this year. He has plans for us still.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I hold onto the truth that is found in God’s Word, that He holds my future in His hands and that I can trust Him to help us through the seasons that we find ourselves in.
This Christmas season is one of the toughest that I’ve lived; however, that hope and joy that is inherent in knowing that Jesus is already here with us, God is here with us, ever shines it’s light on the path that I continue to follow.
So, in the end it doesn’t matter that our tree only has our main Christmas ornaments on it, or that the lights died after one day of being on….and that we had to change some of our Christmas Day plans at short notice…
No, what matters is that we remember the true reason for the season, our relationships with each other, and with God.
I hope and pray that this Christmas season finds you well, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, that the New Year brings you new hope and joy.
God bless you, every one.