Friday, August 2, 2019

One Stitch at a Time - Solace from the Psalms - Martin Wiles

For thousands of years, people have found comfort in the Psalms. No matter what emotion you are experiencing or fight you're facing, the psalms have something important to say. For the next little while, Love Lines from God will feature, "Solace from the Psalms." We hope you enjoy. And please share them with a friend. 

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet. Psalm 8:6 NIV
She was a marvel to observe—but I never knew what she would make next.
My great-grandmother was a master at crocheting. She sat for hours with needle and thread, seemingly content to labor tirelessly on her projects. But nothing began until the yarn was rolled into a ball. This is where I came in. I held the mass of string firmly while she pulled and rolled. This prohibited tangles while she crocheted. Then, she carefully placed the rolled yarn in a cloth bag so it wouldn’t escape while she stitched.
I never saw my great-grandmother use a pattern. I suppose she had them ingrained in her mind. Her motions seemed repetitive: pull a little slack, make a few stitches, and repeat the process. Thousands of times. What began as a series of loops materialized into afghans, house shoes, sweaters, coasters, and other useful items. Some she made in a day; others took months. Unattractive and simple chains became beautiful and complex creations, one stitch at a time.
The psalmist acknowledged the complexity of humans. Constructed to reflect God’s image and glory and accomplish His purpose, we are made to rule His creation.
We are God’s masterpieces, carefully constructed one stitch at a time in our mother’s wombs. From the moment of conception until our last breath, God weaves us into beautiful garments that will accomplish His purpose. There’s no one like us, nor should we pine to imitate another—only God. What He does will amaze the most despondent esteem-starved person.
Be patient while God forms you one stitch at a time.
Prayer: God, give us patience while You transform us into Your masterpieces.

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