A New Leaf

My New Year began with a number of great gifts. I only had to work half my shift on New Year’s Eve and then I got an EA (excused absence) ! As a result I was able to attend the Family Medicine Christmas party and experience a wonderful variety of white elephant gifts. Squirrel underwear, anyone? We were pretty lucky, walking away tapenade and fudge. The next day my parents came out for Great Gram’s celebration of life. Hailing from Colorado, they are not accustomed to the bonechilling winds of a Minnesota January… but we had a great time anyway. We took the dogs for their first walk in days (and boy, was it cold!)
 
 On Saturday we drove up to Chisago City and met with the extended family to remember Gram and celebrate her 102 years of life. Family members had collected pictures from her youth in the 1920’s, through her traveling days after she was widowed, up to the present. I loved seeing how her smile lasted from that coy flapper to a loving great-grandmother.
 
During the service, I had the privilege of reading one of the scriptural passages she had selected, Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” What a great life verse! And what a challenge! It is so easy to lean on our own understanding – we do it all the time. Lately, I have been “leaning” rather than “trusting” a lot as I think about our future living location. Chris is only 1/6 through residency but I’m already eyeing jobs.
 
What I should realize, after so many years, is… that’s not how it works! God will guide us to the place he wants us, to the right place, whether that’s where I think I want to be or not. After all, he knows what is best for us; I just think I do. He is able to know far more than I can possibly imagine. I need to trust him to make our paths straight, rather than trying to figure out where to put the bulldozer.
 
That’s not to say that it is silly or bad to think about where we want to end up. After all, God loves us and gives us the desires of our heart. But there is no need to worry about it.
 
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As I look back on 2013, it was a wonderful year, a year celebrations. Chris has celebrated “a year free”; he graduated from medical school and we got to visit Napa and Maui. We got a house and dogs, and I continued to enjoy my dream job as a float nurse. On the other hand – it was a very safe year. In a way, I think it was a “recovery” year from the craziness of 2011 and 2012.
 
I don’t want 2014 to be just a safe year. I want it to be a year of adventures.
 
So yes, I still have all my usual resolutions. Exercise 150 minutes/week. Finish my book series and (maybe) look for an agent. Figure out the mysterious world of finances. Read the Bible eery day.
 
But also: have adventures. Make really good memories. Do things that are meaningful. Go to Paris. Try new things.
 
So – get ready!!! 2014 is going to be a great year.
 
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