Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. Raising four daughters in the 1960’s was a challenge for my parents when rock ‘n’ roll, lava lamps, sit-ins and fashions including psychedelic t-shirts, velvet hot-pants and go-go boots were the rage. However, my conservative upbringing didn’t include bell bottoms with platform shoes. To appease my parents, I wore dresses, though I did find a way to layer shorts underneath so I could still dangle upside down on the monkey bars!
The little hippie inside of me was snuffed out at an early age. More often than not my clothes were passed down like a baton from my two older sisters. Many times my mother and grandmother would sew matching outfits for us and we were given the liberty to accessorize so the four of us weren’t a complete matching set.
My wonder was awakened one unforgettable way when my grandmother took me shopping one-on-one. I stood mesmerized by the upscale department store’s limitless choices. I couldn’t believe that I got to pick out a complete outfit including shoes! My elation quickly turned to indecisiveness when I had to choose between pink or purple Keds. What a huge dilemma for a seven-year-old!
As I pondered between the pink or purple Keds my grandmother resolutely said, “Why not buy both and you can wear one pink and one purple!” That innovation was electrifying and I could barely wait to sport the new look. That day was a turning point as I suddenly felt like an individual. That loving memory is forever etched in my heart for it instilled a value of creativity and the importance of understanding someone’s love language. I also realized that my grandmother identified with my artistic mindset because she too was a creative visionary. In the short time we had together, I learned so much from my grandmother and felt so loved and accepted.
“I praise you, for I am awesomely and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works and my soul knows that very well.”
God endorses creativity. It draws us near to our Creator for it reflects His glory. He is the original Creator and He instills that value in us. God woos us as He reveals aspects of His vast self.
So here’s to all the dreamers, artists and those who refuse to grow up! Some may call you a “rebel” but know you are God’s paintbrush. We are His creation.
Peace, Love and Bobby Sherman,