Pattern Choices

>> Monday, March 7, 2011

I’ve been crocheting since I was six. In those days, we didn’t have the money to buy patterns, so I was taught to crochet by looking at a completed project. The thread used to make doilies was all one color and very slender. Therefore, the size of the crochet hook had to be very small, to be able to catch that slender thread each time the hook went in and out.

I didn’t care for the small thread. It was tedious and took a long time to see any progress. I began working with bigger yarn, crocheting afghans for friends and family.  

In my later years, I tired of crocheting, so attended a knitting class. We were given a choice of beginning patterns to try. As I attended class each week, the teacher helped me understand the pattern I had chosen, and the stitch I needed to knit to achieve the desired vest. The completed vest became a gift for a daughter.

But with all these types of projects, they had one thing in common. I made mistakes as I worked on them. Sometimes I could fix the mistake. A few times I had to unravel and start over.

In one of my knitting projects, I had worked for months on an afghan for a daughter. I was using “circular” needles; which is one long plastic strand with a needle point on each end. As my needle went in and out, the tension on it suddenly lessened. Not sure what had happened, I laid the partially finished afghan on the floor. In horror, I saw that one of the needle points had come off the plastic strand. I had several inches of knitted loops with nothing holding them in place.

My project was ruined. I certainly didn’t know how to fix it. But I remembered the name of my knitting teacher. Hurrying to the phone book, I found her telephone number. When she answered the phone, I poured out my distress to her.

She came right over, bringing a new circular needle for me to borrow. With her expertise, she methodically picked through the loops, restoring my afghan. She refused to take any form of payment, telling me she was glad to help.

The Bible contains many different types of patterns. There are designs in there for Christians, relationships and parenting; to name a few.

In Ephesians 5:21-33, there is a pattern for marriage. God has given us the various colored threads to use. Sometimes it will be tedious and require a lot of give and take. Many couples hop in and out of marriage on a regular basis.

We will have tangled threads and dropped loops. There will be a long span of time before we can begin to see the finished design. There will be times we don’t quite understand the “project” we have chosen and we need help from our Teacher.

In our distress we can turn to the One who already knows what the finished project is to look like. He has the expertise to repair our design. If we allow Him, He will pick through our dropped stitches and restore us to wholeness.

"It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good."
I Peter 5:10 (MSG)

2 comments:

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps March 8, 2011 at 7:00 AM  

May Jesus pick up all our dropped stitches in the tapestries of our lives - HE is able and nothing will then be ruined! Great analogies here.

Joy Bach March 8, 2011 at 9:24 AM  

I keep Him busy with mine.

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