Last night Dave and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in town and then came home and put up the Christmas Tree! I know … it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. (There is still a scarecrow in the yard and the fall wreath is still on the front door.)
This got me thinking about my emotions this Holiday Season. I think of Thanksgiving being a time to be thankful for God’s blessings and with Christmas comes ultimate joy.
And this Holiday season those are the two prevailing emotions rolling around in my heart. I have so much to be thankful and joyful about. So much.
I must admit, last year as I packed up the fall decorations and pulled out the Christmas decorations I thought, "Next year when this time comes, my baby will be here or I’ll at least be pregnant!"
But I am not.
And while a year ago, if given the choice to either A) Get pregnant within 6 months of trying or B) Travel the road of infertility, I most certainly would have picked choice A – without hesitation.
But I would have missed out on so much …
- A deeper and more personal relationship with God.
- Invaluable lessons learned about God’s Plan vs. my plan and how God’s Plan is ALWAYS better.
- Invaluable lessons learned about trusting God
- Witnessing another example of God’s faithfulness in my life as He walks me through this trial.
- A strengthened marriage and greater love for my husband.
- Witnessing firsthand the power of prayer as so many people have prayed on our behalf for us through this. (Thank you!)
- The women I have met through blogging.
So … it’s a good thing GOD chose this road for us. He certainly knew what He was doing – even though at times it has seemed everything under the sun is completely out of control.
I’m reminded of a simple children’s song … "He’s got the whole world in His Hands."
He does. Even if, right now, it seems like the world is crashing in upon you from ever direction.
So, yesterday I packed the fall decorations up once again. But this year, I didn’t think too much about if I’d have a baby or at least be pregnant by next year.
Instead, I put my focus on thankfulness and joy.
Jesus came at Christmas as a baby boy, born to a virgin woman, with the purpose of being the Savior of the world.
He came, bringing HOPE, to you and me.