The Christmas ornament made out of safety pins and beads caught my eye. I decided to copy the pattern and make my own to give out. If only it had ended up being that easy.
What I remembered as cheap plastic beads are now considered “fine jewelry.” I paid a premium for the right-sized beads to form the angel’s skirt. However, the holes in the beads were the wrong size for the safety pins. My search for the perfect match of craft supplies continued. I moved on to the halo. My middle-aged eyes and clumsy fingers struggled with threading the tiny gold beads onto the wire halo.
The cute angels had become a time-consuming, expensive, and frustrating project. At my lowest, I thought about giving up. That’s when the Holy Spirit provided the revelation needed to finish.
Use the resources available.I found bags of miscellaneous beads in my craft box stored in the garage.
Accept help. My mother-in-law cleaned out her craft stash and passed on beads that I could work in.
Dare to forge a new path. The angels wouldn’t look exactly like the original. Rather, the ornaments would reflect my touch.
Allow expectations to be changed. I had to accept that something different from what I envisioned was still worthy.
Persevere despite the circumstances. My sense of satisfaction was greater because I worked harder than I thought necessary or possible to reach the end goal.
Don’t lose sight of the why. My purpose in making the ornaments was to give them away and bless others. The why should fill me with joy that permeates every aspect of the process.
Angels made. Check. Spiritual lessons learned. Check. Who knew that so many spiritual lessons could come from a safety pin angel!
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?