Yesterday, I started a new creative project.
The purchase of templates and sheets of beautiful illustrations inspired me to make my first Gift Bag.
I’m not sure if I misread the instructions,or I simply became entangled in the two-sided adhesive tape.
The finished bag vaguely resembled what was illustrated –
The inside had very sticky patches, one of the outer sides was not only sticky but had imprints from my gluey fingers. It also twisted the bag with a decided lean to the left.
My first instinct was…..
Oh its a mistake. I’ll throw it away and start a new one.
My second thought was better – What can I do to improve it?
I had a container of tiny glittery shapes, rarely used. (Maybe occasionally on a Christmas display.)
I poured the whole container into the bag and shook it vigorously.
When I emptied the excess back into it container, the inside of the bag shone now with a gentle glow. Tiny red hearts had separated themselves from the heavier shapes and now clung tenaciously to all the sticky ridges.
The inside was now smooth to touch and was beautiful.
I laughed as I glued two pieces of lace to each side and deliberately attached a row of bright red hearts.
With ribbon handles attached this bag looks lovely. It is unlike the illustrations but even with its kinda wonky tilt, is UNIQUE.
One day, with an appropriate gift inside it will be a blessing to ‘someone’.
Isn’t this an accidental reminder of God’s redeeming love towards us?
Our mistakes, even deliberate sins are covered with Divine Love as His Grace blots them out of His Sight.
Beauty for Ashes’ is God’s Heart refrain.
In His Kingdom it’s called FORGIVENESS.
Repenting and accepting His Gift.
Another thought emerged in this day of creative mistakes.
If we make a ‘mistake’ in our personal life choices, do we have the right to discard or should LOVE be given every opportunity to redeem?
Blessings, Dear Ones.
Great post, analogy and question. One to think about for sure!
What a novel and creative idea to shake the glitter in the bag giving a beautiful inside. And you analogy of God’s work in us is appropriate. Nice.
A beautiful post, Faye. And just like the inside of the bag ending up be the most beautiful, so too for the true beauty of each of us. Our own beauty shines the brightest from within. And that is no mistake…. Hugs to you!