Just when I think I have it all figured out. Just when I think I'm beginning to understand. That word rocks my world.
It all started early one morning, October 27, 1996. I thought I was destined to be the only child; the only love of my parents' life. I had all my plans; yes, at almost 3 years old, I had it all figured out... til Grace showed up.
At the hospital, Daddy placed the bundle of pink into my arms. I looked down at the little face, my arms full. "Kiss her nose." Daddy prompted me. I bent over and kissed her nose; how tiny, how soft it was! Maybe this change of plans was okay, maybe this was better than my plans...hmm...
As the years went by, she moved into my room, she learned to walk, she learned to talk, she giggled, she played. I, being 3 years the elder, we weren't ever in the same stage of childhood. While she was still toddling, I was reading chapter books. When she was learning to read, I was baking in the kitchen.
For a while, we were distant; we had a bit of hard time connecting. It may have also had something to do with the fact that we're opposites. She did her thing, I did mine. I'd color in the lines, she'd create a whole creative new picture by coloring oustside the lines. I'd be reading, she'd be playing outside. I'd be writing, she'd be drawing. I'd want to watch Cinderella, she wanted Feival Goes West. But as we grew older, time drew us closer. We became best friends. And, because of our differences, she began to teach me about her name, even though she didn't realize it.
She taught me that it's okay to talk about it.
She taught me that it's okay to be your own self; to think outside the box.
She taught me to make friends anywhere.
His plans are always better than mine.
Grace. The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. (As defined by the infamous Google)
As my binary and type A personality cannot fathom, grace is unmerited, free, and freeing. Liberty in Jesus, no longer a slave to the traditions, the expectations of men. No longer under the law, no longer under bondage to sin. Freedom! To laugh. To cry. To talk about it. To be the person God created me to be, not who the world expects me to be. To tell others about this gift.
Just when I think I have it figured out. When I think I know what I have to do. Grace shows up, and He just smiles.
(Yes, note the tiara, ladies and gentlemen.)
You are my best friend. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise; you are my bestie. Thank you for being born on this day, October 26, 17 years ago. Thank you for everything that you have taught me over the years. Thank you for listening to my ramblings, for sympathizing with my tears, for dealing with my petty emotions, for just being there when I need somebody to talk to. You have taught me about grace, God's most mind-blowing gift to mankind. I love you, Princess. Happy Birthday ;)