Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Desires of My Heart
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Thank goodness that our states are finally opening up, with precautions in place, so the vast majority of Americans can leave the coronavirus lock-down behind them, and get back to living their lives as close to normally as possible. For my husband, Danny, and me, however, it's a different story. Danny's pre-existing heart situation convinces us to wait at least a few weeks longer before emerging from our self-induced cocoon of quarantine.
There are so many things I'm longing to do out there in the real world! First and foremost, I would love to see my mother again, and then take a trip to South Carolina to see daughter, Sarah, son-in-law, John, and of course the precious grands. These are my top priorities!
But there are other desires of my heart activities that I miss. Here are just a few.
Haircut!!! Since my stylist and dear friend, Donna, highlights and trims my hair at approximately three-month intervals, and my last visit to her was this past January, you can just imagine the state my hair is currently in. I hoped to make an appointment for the first week in April, but then, Covid-19; you know the rest of the story. And no, I'm not posting a photo of my shaggy ends and two-inch roots!
Church! If you could have seen granddaughter, Virginia's, mournful countenance when I tell her during a Face Time chat that our church has cancelled VBS and all summer camps, you would have cried, too. She was so hoping to come stay with us for several weeks this summer, and to indulge in these activities she so loves. And I miss simply being with my church friends, worshiping as one, with joy and abandon. Online services have been a stop gap, but they are a far cry from fitting the bill. We all need community!
Eating out - No, this is definitely not because the fare at the Orlando Cafe, provided by Danny, is anything less than excellent. It always is. But he could use a break here and there. My birthday, our wedding anniversary and Mother's Day all pass without a restaurant meal. Now, the way things are going, it looks like Father's Day is off the table, too. >Sigh<
Travel - Memorial Day would have marked my first time flying with Danny to visit his son, Giovanni, and wife, Hope, out in New Mexico, where he is stationed at an air force base in Albuquerque. We haven't seen them in ages! Honestly, I don't know when Danny will ever feel comfortable boarding a plane again. I've never been at ease with flying, but that has nothing to do with the virus.
Those, in a nutshell, are the activities I'm missing the most. Yet, I'm reminded each and every day to be thankful to God for all the blessings I have right here in front of me. The time will come, down the road, when the Lord will make a way to fulfill all of my heart's desires. Until then, I will delight in Him, and wait patiently in hope and trust.
Is your life back to "normal?" Are there still activities you would like to do, but don't safe as yet to indulge in them? Please share in the comments!
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