I haven’t written much about my One Word for this year. It’s Let Go. I know, that’s two words. But that’s what God gave me before 2014 started. Believe me, I double and triple checked with Him. I didn’t like what Let Go might mean, so I wanted to give Him a chance to change His mind. Obviously, He didn’t.
In a way, I think now I’m glad for the warning because it has been a year of letting go…and adjusting to change.
It’s been letting go of schedules—well, mine anyway, for God’s. Have you noticed that God’s schedule rarely coincides with yours? Yep, it’s an adjustment.
It’s been a year of not knowing for sure if we’ll be at school or work, how many doctors we’ll see, or when healing will come.
His schedule, not mine.
It’s been letting go of normal. I didn’t quite realize how much I appreciated a normal day until they were gone. Normal seems boring until you miss it.
Normal was grocery shopping and not having to read every single label. Every. Single. One.
Normal was not having a clue what maltodextrin is and wondering if it’s safe or not.
Normal was not knowing that wheat-free is not the same thing as gluten-free.
Normal was not understanding that gluten intolerance is different than celiac disease.
But now I know…and we have a new normal—a celiac, gluten free normal.
I’d always thought it would be the worst thing ever, but it’s really not. There are so many more gluten free options than I thought there would be, and I’ve had friends help who are already on this gluten free road.
It is, however, quite an adjustment. It’s not just buying different food. It’s making sure there is no contact with anything containing gluten, because with celiac any exposure can cause illness. Exposure only takes moments, but healing can take days.
I’ve let go of not thinking about this at all, because now I’m thinking about it all the time. It’s our new normal.
Let Go has really been the word for this year so far. Only 6 more months to go…
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