(ROCKWALL, TX — January 2, 2019) It’s all put away leaving nothing but dust impressions on the few areas that were NOT covered with something Christmas. I’ve heard people say I can do anything. But I don’t dust. It has to get to this stage before I dust…the fingerprint, writing-your-name stage. I try to limit my guests to those who don’t care if I don’t dust. I’m usually successful at that. Otherwise I just don’t care if they are offended with my dust. They have their own, and theirs doesn’t offend me.
Now that that subject is covered, I’m moving on to 2019. As I wait for inspiration to arrange my doodaas, I contemplate what’s ahead. I’m not a goal setter (to my husband’s frustration since he lives to set goals…financial, personal, spiritual, travel, business…I could go on), but I do look forward to new starts, new faces, new relationships. I’ve never been one to say, “Out with the old. On with the new,” but serendipities are fun to look forward to.
I believe the Lord encourages us in His Word to look for new things. He speaks of new songs, new hearts, new strength. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it (look for it…watch for it)? I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
In another place He says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior, he is a new creature, reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit; the old things, the previous moral and spiritual condition (the previously accumulated dust), have passed away. Behold, new things have come because spiritual awakening brings a new life.” II Corinthians 5:21
I was reminded this morning that you can’t get figs from a thorn bush nor can you remain a perfectly good egg. Those looking for figs among the thorns will be pricked to the point of shedding blood while never experiencing the sweetness of the sought-after fruit. Those desiring to remain in the state of eggdom will either eventually hatch and learn to fly or they will go bad. These are both huge thoughts for me personally as someone who is not bothered by accumulating dust.
I can either continue to let it pile up, add a little water and make mud pies or ask for new inspiration in arranging those things that bring me pleasure. Mud pies went out with childhood days and deepening dust leads to sneezing. I must decide.
I’ve decided on hatching, flying and fig newtons. Flying offers great perspective and interesting people watching. Figs provide a great source of fiber, calcium, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and NO added fat!
So, I’m resolving in ’19 to dust more often. I don’t want to be known as a bad egg, but also intend on adding fig newtons to my grocery list. All new things. All good things. A new heart. A new song.
That’s a good word…from a good egg with no plans for going bad, a good egg with flight plans!
By Paula Lively. Paula is a Volunteer Chaplain at Broadmoor Medical Lodge in Rockwall. She is a VERY retired RN who loves serving the residents at Broadmoor. She and her husband, Fred, have lived in Rockwall for 15 years.
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