We were scurrying around trying to get everything done. Jim and his crew of buddies were dealing with the stuff that guys usually take care of while I focused on the details and decorating. It seemed like we had been preparing for this day for weeks. Erin’s Sweet 16th Birthday Party.
It was two o’clock in the afternoon. With only four hours left, there was still so much that had to be done before her guests would arrive. Centerpiece table decorations, final testing of the twinkle lights scattered all over our backyard, back-up toilet paper in bathrooms (funny – but true)…and the tying of the fuchsia pink sashes.
That’s when it happened. During the tying of beautiful satin sashes.
“Enjoy this moment. Right now! As you tie bows, I’m here with you. Your daughter is sixteen.”
It was as if God sat down at the table…right next to me. While I was feverishly tying a splash of pink all around the tent, He was there. Reminding me to enjoy the moment. So right there under the white tent filled with pink sashes and sparkle, I paused. While the hustle and bustle continued all around me, I stopped. And thanked God. For Erin…for the gift of life and breath…her life and the blessing of every moment that God has given to our family.
And in that moment God gently reminded me that every good and perfect gift comes from Him…including pink satin sashes…the celebrating of turning sixteen…sunshine when the forecast said rain…and moments that turn into memories we never forget.
…the gift is in the moment.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17