I sat reading the instructions for some crafts for vacation Bible school, and one really caught my eye both for the fun it would be to do, but also because it made me think of you.
It was covering a wooden bead with oven-bake clay, but not with just one color, but two would be okay.
You mix them together and unlike the clay I remember as a child, these did not blend together to make another color completely new, no, these stayed distinct, creating a beautiful design as you kneaded the two.
Once the design you had made was pleasing to your eye, you rolled it out thin to cover the bead, making it new and then letting the covered bead dry.
After drying a while in the warm summer air, you put it in the oven to be completed there - the heat would set the clay, making it last, and there you had a brand new bead with the cover you had cast.
I thought of you and I and the love that we share, mixing together our lives, our hopes and our cares - and even though we are mixed together quite well, our colors stay our own, making a unique design as well.
Some days the colors stay in a straight lines like colored ribbons lined up just so, other days they swirl and twist, curving this way and that as they go.... but though each design is created fresh and brand new, it still expresses the same love you have for me, and I have for you.
And I thought how wonderful God is to make it like that, to not disappear into a mixture, making it flat, but to stay side by side making designs ever new, and giving such joy in the creation and expression of love so true.
So I rejoice that I am my color and you are yours, and the delight that we have in being together each day, knowing that just being together encourages us to be our best, and our happiness comes from the one in Whom we rest.
The joy I have now is more than I ever knew, and I thank God for the colors of love, and for the gift of you.
Dear Trish, the "design" of this piece in itself is beautiful. We must truly take our own colors into the loving relationships that God has for us and the two colors make for one perfectly planned design.