It has been two weeks since my surgery. As Christmas season is in full swing, I have been listening to life happening around me. I am cozy in my bedroom, complete with cellphone beside me, laptop, piles of books and DVD player.
However, it is day 11 in my bed, I am confined to the top floor of my house (my bedroom is 15 stairs up and I am not supposed to really do stairs). I have to admit, I am going a little stir crazy. I LOVE the Christmas season and feel a bit jipped because I cannot enjoy the Christmas decorations around town, the Christmas gatherings and even the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping (many people dread this but I actually enjoy it!)
I had great aspirations of making progress with a few different writing projects. I would do some school planning for second semester; I would catch up on my reading, write old-fashioned Christmas cards and watch Christmas movies. I was actually looking forward to this quiet rest.
Now that this rest is well into week two, I cannot say that many of those things have been accomplished. I have been reading some but not much. I guess I should have bought Christmas cards ahead of time :). All of our Christmas movies are in a box in the garage and only I know where they are. Plans have not unfolded as I anticipated…..BUT…..
Having a friend drop by yesterday, we were talking about Christmas. She was talking about how Christmas is the opportunity to show Christ-like love to one another. I admit to liking the twinkling lights, Christmas decorations, shopping for special gifts for loved ones, the tree and get-togethers. I believe I have a balanced focus at Christmas with putting Jesus first. I know deep in my heart Jesus is the reason for the season. It is more though. As I watch my family serve and care for me, friends dropping off meals, others coming by to help clean my house, I am humbled. I am touched by their time and generosity during this busy season. I am seeing Christ-like love in action.
Today, I am grateful for this time. God uses everything for good if we allow Him. I look forward to my oldest, Maxx coming home for Christmas from university in a few days. We will have that wonderful family time and we will celebrate with friends. It may look a little different this year; I might not be doing my Christmas baking or going for that walk in the snow on Christmas day, however, I will have everything I want and need around me. I am truly blessed.