Thursday, January 6, 2011


I drove a car today for the first time in five months. I am no longer a full-time passenger. It was both exciting and scary as my car left the driveway with me behind the wheel.

When my driver’s license expired two weeks after my eye surgery, I knew I would have to endure the healing process before I got my wings back—I just never thought it would be so long. For five months, my patient husband has taken me on errands and back and forth to work. Now, we both have our freedom back.

It’s amazing how many things we take for granted. I’ve always heard the phrase, “Driving is a privilege—not a right.” My parents said it to me and I repeated it to my kids. Now it has taken on a whole new meaning. It has also made me wonder how many other things in life we take for granted—things like freedom of speech, the right to make our own choices, and the freedom to worship God freely, openly, and without fear.

I am more thankful than ever for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and the blessings we receive as God’s children. May I never take those freedoms and blessings for granted.