“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
I often joke that I have the hobbies of an 80 year old. God bless 80 year olds and their hobbies; I love them! An author, that I love, carries the theme of knitting through her novels. It sparked an interest, or desire really, in me to learn to knit. I could see myself relaxing in the shade, sipping tea, knitting away while the kids played. Since moving to England, I have learned to knit! I dragged my neighbor to a beginners knitting class on base; and when that was done, an intermediate class. We perfected the fine art of washcloth making, and moved on to scarves, cowls, and hats. It has quickly become a passion. I find myself buying old, discarded English knitting needles at antiques shops, and spending way too long in the yarn aisle of stores. But, it doesn’t mean I’m an expert. I still need the help of my teacher when I make mistakes. This reminds me a lot of our relationship with God.
First of all, God is the ultimate teacher. When I feel my life unraveling like a skein of yarn, the advice and guidance I receive through His Word is the best I can get.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.”
Sometimes we can be going along swimmingly, when something unexpected happens. I’ve been known to drop a stitch or make the wrong stitch while knitting. It often isn’t noticeable right away, especially if I’m in a groove. But, when I stop and look at my work, there it is. A hole, a mistake, a problem, a detour from my pattern. It no longer looks smooth and together. It becomes the focus of my attention, an annoyance that I must repair. Only I’m not skilled enough yet to make such repairs easily. I tried once. It wasn’t pretty. I made things worse. So, I went to my teacher, Liz, who’s amazing and patient and willing to help a girl out. She was able to take one look at my work and effortlessly correct my mistake. Why is it that things are so easy for some and not others? Why is it that we can think we have all the answers, when we don’t? As Christians our walk with God may not always be smooth. We may encounter some bumps along the way, or completely take a detour for some time. It’s important to know that our Teacher is there ready to help us, willing to guide us, and never give up on us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
In the end, my hands may be sore from the needlework and my eyes may be blurry from studying the pattern. It may be a relief to finally be done, but what a treat I receive at
that point! I get to step back and admire my hard work and dedication. I ge
t to glimpse my creation, my baby, my pride and joy. What a sense of accomplishment and pride I feel when I see what my hands have made. I want to share it with everyone!
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are
pondered by all who delight in them.”
I encourage each of you, if you don’t have one already, to find a hobby or activity that brings you joy! Step out of your comfort zone, try something new, take a class! You may surprise yourself. Now, if only I could perfect knitting, reading, watching a Hallmark movie, and drinking tea or wine all at once!!! Ha!
What joy that would bring!