This Time Last Year

A year can take a very long time. But in another way it can be over before we know it.

This time last year I became temporarily disabled by a broken ankle. One minute I was fine, the next I was looking at surgery and week upon week of crutches and a moon boot.

It felt like the longest couple of months of my life. I missed having showers. I missed carrying my baby from one room to the next. I missed being able to get myself a glass of water. I missed driving down to the shops to get my own groceries.

So many things I took for granted and I had to spend weeks being totally reliant on others. Thanks to my mother, my mother-in-law, my husband, family and friends I made it through. But as I easily stood in the shower today, with no plastic bag covering plaster or no chair supporting my leg, I reminded myself not to take these things for granted. They may be simple but they made my life so much easier.

And as I carried my now toddler in my arms to his cot I reminded myself that these wonders in my life can change in a flash and not to take them for granted.

One thing that remained the same throughout the whole year was God’s love and affection for me. Never did He look at me and turn away due to my inabilities. He loved me and brought about deeper opportunities through the darkest of my hours.

He is one I mustn’t take for granted either. Just because He is always there and Hid love is always so deep for me, I must not take Him for granted. Let’s spend this time now praising God and thanking Him for all He has done for us.

Lord God, You never leave us or forsake us. Give us the insight to see where you are, in the challenges and the victory. Amen.

What simple everyday delights do you often take for granted?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.