OK, as I was folding the umpteenth load of laundry this week, I started to daydream what I would wish for if I had three wishes. Would it be to wish for a "self-cleaning house", the ability to freeze time and enjoy a wonderful moment longer, bring someone back to life, more money, the perfect figure? Just what would it be?
I wasn't able to think about it too long, because my thoughts were interrupted by someone screaming and needing my attention. (hrm.. more fodder for wishes)
But, now, as I sit here and all the kids are finally in bed and asleep, I go back to those thoughts.
A self-cleaning house: As nice as it would be to never have to worry about scrubbing another toilet, how would my children ever learn to clean their own homes if they did not have me or their dad to show them how? So, I guess this is not a viable wish.
The ability to freeze time: I would have used this wish way too soon - for example when #'s 1, 2, and 3 were little and I would have never had #4 or #5. This wish would stunt too much growth, so, naaah.
Bringing someone back to life: As much as I miss my dad, for example, who died of a massive heart attack in August of 1988, I don't think I would wish him back. Sure it would be wonderful to see him interacting with my kids.... that would nearly convince me to use that as a wish. But, his passing has stretched my faith more than I could've imagined, in the way that all things that are painful do. So, I guess I will pass on this option too. (no pun intended)
More money: I've lived long enough to realize that money does not buy happiness, so that's a no-brainer.
The perfect figure: Now here's another really tempting one. All of my life I have battled the bulge. It is one of the things I would want more than nearly anything, but how shallow is that?!? If I were to be able to have the "thin wish" granted, would I continue to eat right and exercise? hm... probably not. *sigh* I guess not.
While any one of these things holds the promise to make life easier, why would I want life to be easier? Where along the way did any of us get promised the perfect life? Every single person on the face of the planet struggles with insecurities, misses loved ones when they pass away, and wishes for an easy solution to a major problem. I used to wish I could switch places with other people. But I have learned that they have their own set of issues to deal with. I don't want anyone else's set of problems.
I've grown accustomed to this face (hmmpfh, now that song from My Fair Lady will be circling my brain). These issues. These strengths. These shortcomings. God has gotten me through all of it and I have no doubt that as long as I ask and am forever thankful for it, He will continue to do so. The road might be so bumpy that I spill some of my drink, but heck, that's why car detailers are in business, eh?
So, while I go pull out my VHS copy of My Fair Lady to watch, I'll pass my three wishes on to you. What would you wish for?