[It is] God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:32 (NKJV)
I am about two weeks behind.
The fall was busy with moving into a new home in mid October, hurricane Sandy, sick children and a nor’easter just heading into the busy holiday season compounded with struggles from my daughter’s sensory processing disorder. Then already behind on Christmas shopping in mid December, I became sick (guessing it was the flu); and despite my best attempts, so did my whole family.
Thankfully none of us were horribly sick, but it did take a full two weeks to feel 100%. So Christmas Eve and Christmas day were spent just our sweet little family to keep the germs to ourselves. It was very different, but we all made the most of it.
We started celebrating Christmas with extended family on New Year’s Day and again the following weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed each celebration and embraced the joy of the season. And just last week I began doing what I try to do every New Year: reflect on what God has done and ask Him for one word for the upcoming year. Beginning this process (I’m not yet certain on the word) has made me feel like I am finally ready for 2013!
As I have been journaling and reflecting on the past month or so, it occurred to me that what appeared to be behind according to the calendar, was actually on time for me and just what I needed.
While I cannot know for certain, I wonder whether I would have really celebrated and enjoyed Christmas as much if it had been celebrated the same as every year? This past year was NOT like every year for us (a future post or two) and it made sense that our celebration was not the same.
We are not the same people.
So even if our celebrations were on the appropriate days, it would have been different anyway. Trials and tribulations have a way of drawing you close to the Father that forever changes you if you let them.
Realization: I am not behind, but on time according to His schedule as I seek to abide in Him.