I know this may sound strange, but as I was sewing strap connectors to a tote I am making for my granddaughter, I kept thinking of parallels with my spiritual growth. As you might know from my interview in the last post, I don’t like following patterns or even recipes, I would rather create from scratch.
But I made an exception.
I’m almost finished one of Nancy Zeimann’s Trace & Create Bags. It requires me to follow very specific instructions in order to have it turn out the way she had in mind.
GOD has the same thing. He has written his blueprint for a successful life according to His standards. It’s all included in the Bible. And all the way through it are His instructions for us to follow … and what happens when we don’t. In the Old Testament He gave Moses the 10 Commandments, which He repeated in the New Testament. He is a God of Love but also of Justice and Power. Can you imagine what our nation, world, families would be like if we just did them?
- 2nd Timothy 3:16 says: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
- He also says in 1 Corinthians 10: 13: No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
SEWING: Nancy recommends reading all the instructions before starting work, since a lot of planning and years of wisdom went in to determining the sizes of the materials, how to cut them, and which order the steps must be accomplished.
GOD: He asks us in Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your steps.
SEWING: I am not as careful as I should be in cutting and doing straight seams. The second I get distracted, I make goofs. Unsewing takes a lot of time, so often my thought is: it’s not going to show, so I’ll just leave it and work around it.
GOD: I know everything about you. In Psalm 139 He says:
- 1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
SEWING: Sometimes I just want to be finished.