Christmas Ornaments

Who doesn’t LOVE putting up their Christmas tree?…Well, once you finally find the time during this busy season to set aside a time slot on the already jam-packed calendar.  I know my family adores it!  We take out each ornament one by one and reminisce about who gave it to us, and what was going on that year. After 16 years of marriage and two children later, we have lots of memories to hang on our tree.  It does take a lot of time to adorn this evergreen now, but it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Finally a time to stop and look back at Christmases past and 16 years of memories.

As my children decorated the tree this year, I just sat back in amazement!  They were laughing and remembering their younger life when they loved princesses, or R2D2, Dora, and every other cartoon character that entered their world that year.  As their lives evolved, so did the Christmas ornaments.  My son played hockey in his younger days, but then decided that sport wasn’t for him and moved on to try many other sports; football, soccer, volleyball and basketball, which is one of his favorites.  His summer sports were baseball and golf, and he has both of these ornaments to put on the tree as well, but he doesn’t golf anymore.  Not because he doesn’t enjoy golf, but his passion finally became baseball.  With the intense baseball training, games every weekend, and helping at our restaurant part time, he really can’t find the time to do much else.  But, he still hangs his golf ornaments on the tree reflecting on his youth, when time was more abundant.  When he didn’t have to choose one or the other.

My daughter on the other hand started doing gymnastics at the age of three and even though she tried basketball, hockey, volleyball, golf, dance, and the list goes on, gymnastics has remained her love.  All she seems to have for ornaments are gymnastics ones…many, many, many years of gymnastics ornaments…well, along with her princess, Dora, and Carebear ones from her toddler times.  She was lucky to find her one true passion at the age of three…and now she spends 18 hours a week training for the sport that she chose at the age of three…and loves every minute of it and when she’s not at the gym she is practicing in our living room, or on her beam in the basement.  It’s nonstop gymnastics in her world!

As I watched them decorate our family Christmas tree it hit me!  This is similar as my walk with God.  I have a best friend who from her youth pursued God with all her heart and soul.  She knew she wanted to be a child of God and lived her life from childhood to adulthood reading and learning the scripture, developing a strong relationship with God.  She is the most amazing woman I know!  Just like my daughter with gymnastics…she knew that the Lord and Savior was all she needed, all she wanted, all her life.

Me, on the other hand…I was more like my son, went through many different trials and errors, to find my way.  I tried a little of this, a little of that, but finally in the end I did find my one true love…it just took me a different route.  Now, forty years later, I’m just rekindling my relationship with God.  I’m sad that I didn’t take the opportunity like my Bestie to have a lifelong relationship with the Great One, but thank God she never stopped praying that I would be lead back to the Lord.  She is my idol in this world.  She is God’s biggest warrior for sure.  Her relationship with him is where I want to get to…and hopefully I will get there in this lifetime.

Proverbs 8:17 assures us that, “ I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”  I’m so thankful that I was given the time to finally find my way back to God, and that my friend who was diligent to pray for me and help me find my way back to him.  I’m learning so much as I read, devote and form my relationship with the Lord, but what I am most thankful for is that God answered my best friends prayers and I still have time to diligently find our Lord and Savior!