So Chloe and I began working on our projects, coming to consensus on which stickers and paper we would share. I shared some sticker letters and she shared a sparkly pink curlicue sticker from her stash that was the finishing touch on my project. As we worked side-by-side, a beautiful thing happened. My tension started lifting. The creative energy flowing between us shifted my resentment into joy. My grumbling turned to gratitude as I observed her creation taking shape. In the end, her project turned out way cooler than mine. She made a sticker collage for her friend Rheagan, with all these cute little “stories” embedded in the stickers: “See the snake? He is close to the birds but he isn't going to hurt them. They are all friends.” As we admired our work, I felt guilt and then grace wash over me. Yes, I felt a little guilty that I really didn’t want her to be there at the beginning. But I was thankful that I kept my grumbling and my solo agenda to myself. I felt happy that my daughter felt comfortable enough to just gather up what she needed to work and plop down beside me. I felt honored that she wanted to be with me, doing something creative. It was a great reminder that when we create space, beauty and grace will flow. If I hadn’t been open to a change in my mental plans, look at the opportunity I would have missed! God’s grace shows me that perfection isn’t the goal or even a requirement to experience joy. What a relief! That God could be patient enough to show this grumbling mom something beautiful – the gift of creativity – that is grace!
Ecclesiastes 5:18 (MSG) After looking at the way things are on this earth, here's what I've decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that's about it. That's the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what's given and delighting in the work. It's God's gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now.