Part of what I love about being a homespun wife is the freedom to be creative! I love making things and keeping my hands busy. Recently, I decided to complete a balloon wreath. It looked so bright and colorful in the photos I had seen online...and I thought it shouldn't cost very much. It's just balloons and floral pins, after all. And after I realized that both of my granddaughters have birthdays coming up, I knew the wreath was something I wanted to make for them to have at their parties.
The project started out well enough....a few large packs of balloons and floral pins, and an 18-inch straw wreath that I got at 40% off with a coupon (another homespun policy...always try to use coupons!). But unfortunately, those few packs of balloons fell WAY short of completing the project. In the end, I had to raid my local Wal-mart of every pack of balloons they had for sale. Then, I had to find another Wal-mart....and then another one! The completed wreath held about 900 balloons! It also was very costly to make, which I hadn't taken into account. The supplies were approximately $60.00! That was not in line with my efforts at household frugality! Even so, the project turned out well (see photo)...and my oldest granddaughter, Ella (who will be 3 next month) said, "Ooooo.....I want it for my birthday, Mimi....I want it for my birthday, Mimi..." That definitely made it worthwhile.
This true-life event reminded me of the Scripture where Jesus talked about being prepared and counting the cost. In Luke 14, Jesus spoke these words, "Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to complete it?" When we follow Jesus, he expects us to count the cost of that discipleship....and pick up our cross and follow him. Notice that he does not ask us to carry the cross of another. Instead he tells us to carry our own cross. And for each one of us, that cross might involve something totally unique to you or to me.
I have counted the cost...and I have chosen to follow Jesus! I will carry my cross, with his help. Whatever path he has ahead for me, he is able give me the grace and mercy to complete the journey. He will do the same for you too. Along the way, there will be fun stuff...like birthday balloons and celebrations and accomplishments. And there will tough stuff....like kids with addictions and living with health problems and struggling through this world. But in the end, its all good stuff....because its our cross...the cross we are carrying for Jesus. And Jesus is Lord of All!