When my daughter and I had shopped for the ingredients for (I think it was) my birthday cake, we also purchased ingredients for a secondary brownie project. My daughter had never made brownies and the idea was appealing to her. For me, well, baking with her has become how we spend time together, how I connect with her in her areas of deep interest, but that shopping trip had been about materials necessary for the cake. As an aside, and I don’t know how salient this point might be, but it turns out my father and myself individually both enjoyed cooking at various points in our lives.
Bottom lining all of this: what my daughter wants to do and delights in doing I want to do, because it means doing it with her, but more so (and since it is worth it to her) it is important to me to pour myself into, for it to become my project. While the big picture of the day and it’s plans hadn’t included it, my daughter’s project was every bit my own, and for no other nor less a reason than because it is important to her, and to no less a degree of delight for myself. Just as last week (see last post / entry) her friend became a part of the family in the moment, so this week her plans and delights became my plans and delights.
In this opening up (and seeking to open up) to what my daughter finds important, in this shoehorning of something and shoehorning of myself into something (to the very extent of enjoying myself in it) all because of my daughter finding it important, in all this I see a model of the father-heart of God for us. “Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart,” fascinatingly, finds God the Father In Heaven Himself delighting alongside of us, giving us the desires of our (and of His) hearts. He delights with us in our delights — at least in so far as they are those good things He gives us to delight in together with Him, which is quite a bit. No good thing does He withhold, though practically some things come before others, yet in all good things He delights alongside of us in them, intentionally doing so.