It occurred to me as I sat making a new design, with delicate loops of pink wire with red crystals for Valentines - that the thing that makes the piece sparkling and bright is using components that make it just right.
The wire is strong, but pliable enough to bend, so the loops seemed to have no beginning and no end; in the center were strung two crystals red-diamond bright, each tiny facet caught and reflected the light.
I could have used pressed glass, the piece would have still had its appeal, but in my heart I would know it wasn't real.
It reminded me of the way things used to be, in the days long ago, when I thought everything depended on me.
I worked so hard at it, I was busy as a bee, but everything I tried was a sham, but I was just too blind to see.
In all my rushing around, deep inside my heart I knew that I was missing
something that would make it all true.
I finally reached the point when from reality I could not hide, the truth that I couldn't do it on my own, no matter how hard I tried.
That was when I looked up to see that Jesus had been beside me all along, I just had to admit I was weak, but in Him I could become strong.
He swept my life clean, throwing away all the disappointment, every failure, and all the false starts, and in their place He poured peace and joy, filling up my brand new heart.
God taught me to have faith, to look forward to the future, for untold joy was
waiting there for me, but until it was time, I put my hand in His, trusting that
it would come to be.
Then came the day I had longed for so long, hoping that my dream would come true, and oh, how it did, that warm spring day, the day that I first met you.
Now every day that untold joy is mine, happiness is all I can feel, for the love that we share is our gift from God, and the desire of my heart has become real.
I thank God every day for all that He's done, for giving me this life ever new, and most of all I thank Him for the joy and the love that He gave me when He brought me to you.