Image from Pixabay.

We enjoy barbecued burgers, a couple games of Trouble, and a hot tub. It’s still not dark enough for the surprise Gerry and Makiya have cooked up, so we watch a couple episodes of an old 80’s show on Amazon Prime and eat ice cream while we wait.

The appointed time arrives. I’m instructed to keep my eyes closed, something is placed into each of my hands (these objects giving me an idea about what’s about to happen), and Makiya leads me out into the backyard behind Gerry.

There’s some activity, then “open your eyes!”, and—behold!—we’ve all got sparklers in our hands. It’s delightful. I haven’t held a sparkler for decades and it’s magical—more than it was so long ago. The real magic is in Makiya’s eyes. That, and the simple wonder of we three sharing this moment together—the culmination of yet another scheme cooked up by a girl and her always-up-for-fun grandpa.

The sparklers don’t last long—the greatest delights never seem too. But this time there’s more.

Someone says something about the stars, Makiya says “whoa!”, and wonder turns to worship and we stand with heads lifted, our eyes scanning the nighttime sky. Gerry points out the Big Dipper and we follow the movement of a satellite. We say a few words about the wonder of it all, but mostly we just look up in awe.

I think God delights in us this sweet evening as we delight in the miracle that is the good creation. And I think the magic we, who are called very good, experienced as we waved twinkling sparklers is no less a miracle. A gift. Imagined and planned by a girl and her grandpa, but the fruition of so many changing paths and detours and so much grace that all combined to bring us here together on this evening to be filled with wonder.

Beloved. All of us. And graced with these simply perfect moments. Nothing compares.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Thanks for sharing these wonderful moments with us. I close my eyes and through the gift of memory and imagination I can join in and see the beauty of it all. I find that I lift up a smile and tear of gratitude to Daddy for your friendship and the meaningful gift of sisterhood.

    1. The sweet gifts like those described here and the sister-friendship you mention in your comment are sweet, sweet graces, indeed. Looking forward to an overdue chat, my friend.

  2. Linda, I didn’t just “like” this post. I love it! The wonder of it all through the eyes and planning of Makiya and her loving grandpa, and then with the three of you standing amazed in the presence of His work and planning. Goosebumps!

    1. Thank you, Sherrey! I am standing amazed in the presence often these days, and struck by the magnitude of grace that abounds.

  3. We’ll never grow old if we behold the earth and heavens with eyes of wonder! Thank you for reminding us to remember this, Linda!

    1. So true, Marian!

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