I become more reflective this time of year. I tend to think back to my first year living in North Carolina. That was over 11 years ago. A new job had brought me to the state in May. I was recently divorced and my only possessions as I pulled into town looking for a place to live were two dogs, a trunk full of clothes and kitchen pots and pans.
Places that would rent to a person with two fury animals were limited. I ended up renting a 3000 square foot house. My new job would have me working out of my home so the first thing I bought was an office chair. I happen to be sitting in that chair today typing this post.
More furniture would have to wait until my first paycheck. I slept on the floor in my empty living room for a couple of weeks. Then, I bought a couch and a comfy chair. For some reason, I continued to sleep on my blanket covered floor for another three months. In September, I purchased a bed. It was a birthday gift to myself.
My first Thanksgiving and Christmas in North Carolina seem like a life time ago. I had no idea what was around the corner but I do know that one significant choice I made that Friday morning after Thanksgiving set my feet on a completely different path. I like to call it the scenic route.
I surrendered a drinking problem to the Lord that morning and He opened my eyes to beauty I had never seen before. One moment. One choice.
That Christmas was an incredibly special Christmas for me. I didn’t get to go home to Arizona but I was surrounded by my church family. In fact, several families wanted to celebrate the day together and were looking for a home big enough to host the occasion.
My 3000 square foot house was the perfect spot to set up tables and chairs we borrowed from the church. I was surrounded by love and laughter. And, I had a new set of eyes to see it all!