The goal line.

Monday.  Rob has one more day until this round of chemo is over.  He is presently getting daily radiation until January 7th — on weekdays, not weekends.  It’s a funny thing — while I’m sure he’s ready for this round to be over, he’s more ready for the tumor to be gone, so he tolerates the whole yucky feeling for the hoped-for result.  Keeping the end goal in mind, he perseveres…..

I had to make a return this afternoon at The Container Store, one of my favorite places.  I’ve been a big fan of The Container Store since 1988, back when we lived in Houston.  I organized our lives using various containers from there.  Before discovering The Container Store, I had no idea how many ways toys and “stuff” could be contained and organized!  I especially was a fan of the brightly colored plastic bins with lids and those colorful letter stickers to label what was in each bin.  Organized…. or a slave to cool containers?  You take your pick.  Perhaps that was the most organized I ever have been.  That was way-back-when, when I had all sorts of energy!

Sometimes organizing can take on a life of its own.  It feels good to have this goal, to be in control, especially because it seems like everything has been just the opposite lately.  I’m aware of the ever-present quest to organize our lives, and the fact that I can actually walk to The Container Store in New York City should help me in that pursuit.  But, try as I might, I’ll never really get a handle on things — organizationally or otherwise.  Perhaps God’s reminder and constant lesson is that I’m not in control, not really in the driver’s seat, you could say — so that I must rely on Him.  After all, once we realize that we are not in control, we can rest easy, knowing and trusting the One who is in control!

Proverbs 3: 5-6:  5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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One Response to The goal line.

  1. Katy Smith says:

    CONTAINER STORE!!!!!……Mecca!!!!…..a little jealous!!!!!! I had to laugh when I read your thoughts on the Container Store. I have loved that store for eons as well. My favorite part is walking through the kitchen container, wrapping paper and office aisles….ok and the check out is pretty awesome with all those little goodies that I just have to have! Sweet memories! And the closest one to us is 2 hours away! I hope you enjoy your visits!

    I think you are so right about the control thing. I have found my lack of control to be rather profound! When our kids are small and we can put them in bed and come back later and they are still there it does give us a false sense of control. We lose it little by little all the time they are growing up. When Matt told me after 13 years of wearing red that he hated red – I was dumbfounded. Never crossed my mind that he would have and opinion on that! Especially one different from my own! I think as mothers of older children we can really begin to understand the degree of faith that God expects of us…total and complete. You, dear friend, are going through something that I can’t even get my mind around yet you have that same promise of His faithfulness. Please know that you, Jim and Rob are in our prayers daily!

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