I told a friend the other day that I so miss the Virginia fall. Living in the mountains, the fall was a riot of spectacular color that lasted for several weeks. Here, at least where I live, fall consisted of a few days of dull color while the leaves turned to brown and fell off the trees. There were a few individual trees that bucked the trend and had a splash of color, but even they didn’t last long.
I just can’t get used to Georgia weather. It’s like there are no seasons. It’s just hot, hot, hot, and then ick. Right now we’re in the ick. There’s no beautiful white blanket of snow to make the weather bearable. It’s just kind of damp and miserable. I’ve got to say though, that my daughter Kristina loves the weather here. She says she had enough of the Virginia snow to last her a lifetime when she was a kid. Funny, how we all react to the same things differently. I guess that’s why God made us all different, and made all different kinds of weather (and just about everything else in different varieties too.) It’s something for everyone—good gifts from our loving God. Even though I’m not there to see them, those Virginia autumns will always be a part of me, and I praise Him for them.
And even though I can’t get used to the weather, I’m so thankful for my home in Georgia. The people here are amazing. I have so many friends who have blessed me beyond anything I could have imagined when I left Virginia in 2009. God is good. He took this broken Virginia girl and put her back together again in a new place.
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since my life went bananas. My baby’s birthday is this month. I still miss her. That will never change, but I do take comfort in knowing she’s in a better place with no more pain or suffering. But I also know she didn’t want to go. She had a young son she didn’t want to leave. If there was any way I could have taken her place at that time, I would have gladly done so. Then I felt like I had nothing left to live for. I was wrong. What’s new? God still had a plan for my life, and I’m here as long as He wants me here.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you…” Aren’t you glad He does? We sure can’t begin to know. If we did, we’d probably truly go nuts. We can only take it one day at a time, And we might as well forget worrying about it. We can’t change a thing by worrying. We can only make things worse. Worry causes illness, and illness will destroy us. One day at a time is all we’re given, and it’s all we need.
God bless you.