Friday, April 6, 2012

when can I be happy?

She has senioritis –counting the days until graduation. 

So I made her this paper chain.  Every day after school she rips off another loop, and the chain gets shorter. 

Yesterday she announced, “Only 35 school days left!” 

It’s exciting to count down to the end of four hard years of work, but I leave her this note:  Live, daughter, live.  Don’t just hurry up to move on to what seems easier and more exciting.   

“O satisfy us in the morning with your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”  (Psalm 90:14) 

Joy and gladness all our days.  Every single loop. 

I sat in the living room for an hour making that paper chain –choosing pretty paper and thinking about how much I love my little girl with every twist and every piece of tape.  Don’t hurry, daughter.  Let each one of these days be special.  Be filled up with the goodness God has in this day before you shorten the chain. 

It’s okay to want to get to the end really badly –heaven and eternal life with God –counting the days until we can live a life with no more tears in it.  But there's a satisfaction to have today.  Joy for right now.

When are you expecting to be happy?

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