It was a few days ago.
I was putting a small ball of yarn in the plastic box I keep it.
Most of it is the leftovers from the giant bag Tim and Sis got me at a yard sale over a year ago.
I have made many teddy bears from that yarn, plus blankets, hats, and baby sweaters.
The remnants have been sitting quietly in the tote.
“Lord, what am I supposed to do with all this leftover yarn?”
Make small animals.
“Oh! Well…what am I starting with?”
A turtle, get out the green.
So, I obeyed.
It wasn’t easy.
Infact, crocheting a turtle turned out to be a lot more complicated than I expected.
However, God patiently walked me through it.
My girls loved it and said they each wanted one.
Frankly, I wasn’t thrilled.
“That was a pain to make, not sure I want to make more,” came my ungracious response.
On top of that, part of me was wondering why God had me doing this.
What use are they?
However, whether I understood what the plan was or not, I knew obedience is better than sacrifice.
I got my attitude back in order and asked the Lord for His forgiveness and patience with me.
The next day I made a fox.
Yesterday, it was another turtle and the octopus.
In prayer this morning, I was asking the Lord again.
“What do You want me to do with these? Why am I making them?”
To bring joy.
I had to smile.
Sometimes, I make things way too complicated.
With all the uncertainty surrounding us, I had not thought about the need to simply be joyful.
Crafting things has always been something which brings me joy.
And if you could see the smiles on the faces of my family as they look over each new toy, it’s obviously bringing them joy.
I’ve been texting pictures of these creative outlets to my oldest daughter, who seems to be enjoying them.
I even sent a few pictures to my mom for a smile.
Yet, it took God’s gentle voice to help me see why crocheting scrap yarn into funny animals is actually a blessing.
God isn’t interested in just the big and important.
He’s also in the smallest details.
And He wants us to find joy even amidst the uncertainty.
So, today, I’ll grab out some more leftover yarn and my crochet hook while going through our homeschool day.
I’ll also be looking for other opportunities to praise the Lord and spread joy to those around me.
Because, I can choose to be joyful, and it’s a privilege to share it.
Psalm 32:11 KJV — Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.