It was not a welcomed change.
Because of his health his new doctor said he cannot drive for at least six months.
This was not something my husband wanted to hear. He is always the one who drives. The first few times he sat in the passenger seat after this ruling, he was mighty uncomfortable.
This also meant he had to start riding the transit that stops in our tiny town.
He is so independent. He didn't do this.
I drive him to the bus stop and wait with him. The first day we prayed together. It is amazing what we find identity in and what happens when those things are taken away. Driving himself, not having to rely on anyone, was a big part of who my husband thought he was.
I love him riding the transit. He has regular hours. He can't stay late or go in really really early. He's home at the same time every night. And we get time in the car before the bus gets there. I asked him if he wanted to kiss this morning -- felt like we were parking (He didn't take me up on that offer).
Yesterday my husband took a flan, a Mexican dessert for an office Christmas party. He made it with the help of our teenagers (It tasted like a pumpkin pie without the crust with a kick. I took one bite of it. After the bite my mouth burned).
The ladies on the bus got after Shannon -- told him he should have brought them spoons so they could all try it. I think they're liking Shannon being on the bus. There is one other man who rides the bus. Other than that it is full of females. Sometimes we females really need a male around to balance us out -- to bring out the good things of being female.
I guess there is even a bus rider cookbook, not sure if he got his copy yet.
While he was telling me about this he thought out loud that maybe God has a reason (other than the medical one) for him to be on the bus. We don't know what that is but sometimes just being in a new place is enough. Sometimes just our presence ministers to others. God works through us in amazing ways that really has nothing to do with us.
I told my husband today I would really like him to keep riding the bus even after the doctor says he can drive. He is considering it.
Has there been an unwanted change in your life? Embrace it and see what God has planned.
"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11