In Others’ Words: Gifts
“A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.” ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie, author
For the past 11 months, daily episodes of vertigo knocked my life off-kilter.
Pardon the play on words. I’ve learned to throw humor at something that made me wonder if putting my mascara on is going to cause the world to rock-n-roll.
The first episode of vertigo hit last May 24th in the middle of the during an overnight stay at The Broadmoor, a five-star hotel here in Colorado Springs. (My husband took me there to celebrate our anniversary.)
When I thought about checking out the next day and envisioned myself crawling out of a swanky hotel (standing up was i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e), what did I do? Cry or laugh?
A bit of both, actually.
Whenever my Sony Wii trainer talked smack to me when I exercised, telling me my balance was off, I gave as good as I got, yelling, “I have vertigo, you wretched avatar. Of course my balance is off!”
And I discovered there were hidden blessings to be unwrapped as I waited … and waited … and waited for the vertigo to abate.
- My family loved me, even when I laid on the couch, combating dizziness, and let them cook. Or clean. Or do life without me.
- My friends (and family) prayed for me nonstop and comforted me with their compassion.
- God taught me that yes, waiting on Him is a gift. It develops trust. And hope. And settles where you confidence is — not in what the future holds, but in who holds the future.
In Your Words: Have you unwrapped any unexpected wonderful gifts lately?
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