I haven’t written lately.
I haven’t painted.
I haven’t sewn a book or printed on the handmade paper I recently made.
Yet I have been doing the very things for which I retired. I am spending time with our grandchildren.
I walked into my studio yesterday to check the tiles I made with 8 of our grandchildren. The calm, creative atmosphere of the studio hit me, along with the fact that I have several projects in the works waiting to be attended to. “I LOVE working in this studio,” I thought.
But there will be time later, I thought. Grace.
These thoughts took me back 36 years to the time our children were little. It seemed like I faced a never ending cycle of meals, laundry, cleaning. Oh…. forget the cleaning. I did.
I didn’t write – except a random letter once in a great while.
I didn’t paint – except for a stick horse, a wall mural, or doll furniture.
I did not make anything “creative.”
I was doing exactly what I planned to do when I left teaching full time. I was spending time with our children. “There would be time later to “create”, I thought.
AND THERE IS! Grace.
When God births a desire in our hearts, He is faithful to fulfill it in His time. We must wait and trust. I realized this week that I could choose to lament the time I am not in my studio, or enjoy the fact that our grandchildren are here and that I can treasure this time with them.
I am so thankful I chose the latter. We are having a lovely time. (I am worn out!)
A friend, Lena Woods, told me this week that her favorite memories from childhood were spending time with her cousins at her grandmother’s house. I hope we are creating some very special memories for our grandchildren as well.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
This Scripture passage goes on to list many of life’s activities. Each thing has a time and a place. God’s time and God’s place.
So, I am going to go now and make lunches and we are going to ride bikes.
The studio will be there next month.
The grandchildren will not. Grace.