When any of my five grandchildren come around, the look of this place changes. Gone is the quasi organized empty nest and instead…. a little lovely mayhem! Snacks on the kitchen counter, puzzles upstairs spread out in partial completion, and a Lego construction underway on the coffee table. The art table in the kitchen always has some project going on involving scissors, little bits of paper, crayons, and tape…lots of tape! Yes, I would say that this place changes. And I change as well. I tend to put down whatever I had planned just to stop and play. And watch play.
After my littles leave, I enjoy looking around at what represents our time spent together. Everywhere you look it seems that we just walked away from a dozen different fun times. As I start to straighten up and organize the toys for next time, I sometimes leave one project, one activity, one game out for a while. I’m not in a rush to clean that handprint off the door. But why? I often leave a game or project out just to remind me that I played. I also leave it out to remind myself to play again before too long.
There are many times and many places where ‘adulting’ is all that is permissible. Remember to take time to play as well. Even if you don’t have kids or grandkids handy. Remember to abandon the cares and concerns that weigh you down and just play.
Turn all your worries over to Him. He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIRV)