I hear this fairly often. My daughter loves to bake. I think she loves the end result the most, but I know she enjoys the process too.
She puts her apron on and asks what she can do to help. I tell her to get out a large bowl. That begins her barrage of "What can I do next?" questions. Get the eggs from the fridge. Grab a big spoon. Get a measuring cup. She retrieves each item and it's time to mix ingredients together.
Recently, for the first time, she asked me if she could break the eggs. I was hesitant. I didn't want to clean up the inevitable mess, but before I could answer she had cracked an egg perfectly into a bowl.
"Erin, that was amazing! How did you know how to do that?"
I was so proud. She shrugged and said she had seen me do it before. We continued through all of the ingredients and it was time to mix things together. She used a large wooden spoon and as she mixed, flour misted out of the bowl onto her and onto the floor.
"Sorry momma!" She was worried I was upset with the mess.
"That's okay, love," I responded. I was really enjoying our baking time together. She was growing up and learning to do much more than when we first started to bake together.
During this experience it hit me: this is why God chooses to partner with us. I could bake cookies on my own and let my daughter enjoy the end results along with me. She could watch me make cookies, or she could busy herself with something else while I made cookies, but something would be missing.
When I bake cookies with my daughter, I get to see her learn, see her discover, and see her grow. The task that I could do so easily is something she has to stumble through a bit, but the end result is that much better because of it. When she cracked a perfect egg for the first time, I was surprised and proud.
It makes me wonder what those "egg cracking" experiences are that I have with God. When does he hand me an egg, and instead of worrying about the mess I'll make, he cheers me on and gets excited about what I've done?
God chooses to partner with us, not because he needs us, but because he wants to partner with us. Because the experience of partnering with us is a cool one for him as parent. As his kids, he loves us so much that he wants to trust us with cracking the eggs and he doesn't really mind the messes we make. A great prayer for your day is: God, how can I partner well with you today?