Starting over and embracing new beginnings…
When I think of winter’s wonders, my thoughts wander like snowflakes drifting with the wind. The sudden rush of goodbyes and quiet after Christmas vacations with our loved ones left me speechless. It’s only been a few weeks since we welcomed them with open arms and happy tears, and then we blinked and, it was time to wave so long. So, I tell myself lies like: Although I know I’ll miss them, I look forward to tidying the house, mountains of January snow, and embracing the thought of starting over again.
A fresh start, or not?
While we enjoyed a blessed holiday season with our family, moving into a new home in mid-December proved to be a challenge. Two major moves in five months can take a toll on creatives like me. I had to remind myself several hundred times that the chaos would soon pass, and this was an answered prayer in many ways. Now that it’s mid-January, all I want to do is welcome the new year with a warm, not worn, smile. I’ve anticipated a fresh start in 2022 with daydreams of quiet time in my reading nook, mugs of hot tea, and lots and lots of snow. We’re only two weeks in, and still, they’re only dreams.
But they who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31 ESV
When dreams turn into repetitive nightmares.
Today, my family planned to celebrate the second anniversary of my husband’s near-death experience and inspiring survival story. Instead, we’re catching our breath again after another freaky medical issue when his meds landed him in the hospital and at death’s door (again) a few days ago. We wanted to celebrate his life this week, not watch in horror as he was air-lifted to a hospital two hours away.
Starting over again
The good news is, even though things can change for the worst in an instant, God knows our needs and can quiet our fears. He set his plan in motion with the right people and opened hospital doors when they were sealed shut due to Covid restrictions. The details are etched in my mind where they’ll stay until my pen prods my scrambled brain to tell more. So today, I choose to savor another miracle and hope my hubby will be home soon. I’ve seen how every bump or trial in life can lead us to even more blessings. For better or worse, I believe with God by our side, we can endure the fiercest storms and look forward to embracing the many new beginnings of starting over again.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The weather forecast says we’re expecting our first significant snowfall, so perhaps he’ll be here just in time for us to take our dogs for a romp in the snow.
Have you ever struggled with change or embracing the thought of starting over again? If so, I’ll bet we’re not alone. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. All I know is I have endured several storms with God by my side. I hope you do too. Please join the conversation. I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories here in the Inspire a Fire comments section below.
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