Spiritual lessons from sewing

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?

  1. 2nd Timothy 3:16 says: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
  2. 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.
    You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
    You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
    You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
    You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

SEWING: Sometimes I just want to be finished.

GOD: In Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
GOD: See spiritual aspects of your hobbies. Go to The Ultimate Up-Cycle
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. My challenge to you … look for God’s wisdom in whatever you are doing. (I learned a lot about God and me from watching my puppy dog, Scamper.) What insights do YOU have about Him and you in what you do? Please write in a comment, we’d love to hear.

7 responses to “Spiritual lessons from sewing

  1. I thought of piecing a quilt. You take beautiful fabric and ruin it by cutting it up into little pieces. The pieces by themselves are ugly little bits of cotton, but a good quilter can put them all back together in a specific pattern and make a masterpiece That’s what God does for us–He puts the pieces of our lives back together to make something beautiful. No matter how we’ve ruined our lives through trying to do things our way instead of His way, He can forgive us, put things back together and make a masterpiece of our lives. What an awesome God! Eph 2:10 – We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    • Great thought, Ladybelle! I will never cut up fabric the same again. I thought of another one, too. Have you ever looked at the wrong side of embroidery? What a mess of threads. But if you turn it over, it all makes sense… even the black threads (of our lives) all make sense in God’s perfect picture of our lives.

  2. My work in sewing and fabric art has definitely taught me more about patience, one of the cardinal virtues. I have often said, “God resides in the details.” It’s difficult to explain exactly what I mean, but it is related to the mystery of our ability to create beautiful things and the nature of complexity and perfection. When we seek perfection (goodness, truth, and beauty) in our work, we are seeking God, I think.

    • Thanks for coming by and commenting. Oh yes, patience and prayer are keys to fabric art. I see God everywhere I am and no matter what I am doing because He is here with me.

      I stopped by your site and, wow! You have taken fabric art to a level I never would believe. Your pieces are gorgeous. Please go check out Kerri’s site!

  3. Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m always eager to share with others.

  4. Pingback: Ever Asked Why Do I Blog – The Journey Part 3 | Liz J Fox Design

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