|pattern from Walmart completed on 14-count Aida with 2 strands of floss over 1 thread|
This past week as I've continued listening to Scripture at The Daily Audio Bible, the readings have intrigued me because the Lord instructed Moses with great detail how to create the worship center out in the wilderness. The children of Israel were clearly far advanced beyond "cave men" with their tools and abilities.
Exodus 35:10 says, "If you have any skills, you should use them to help make what I have commanded"
The verses continue with instructions for the sacred tent with its covering and hooks, the post and stand, the sacred chest with carrying poles, the curtains, a table, sacred bread, a lamp and its oil, the incense altar and sweet-smelling incense, a bronze grating for the altar, a large bronze bowl and its stand, pegs, ropes, and finely woven clothing for the priests.
This list requires a host of handcraft skills as well as a good understanding of math, and even a sense of smell!
I was especially drawn to these two verses farther down in the chapter: "The women who were good at weaving cloth brought the blue, purple, and red wool and the fine linen they had made. And the women who knew how to make cloth from goat hair were glad to do so." (Exodus 35:25)
I am thrilled to understand in these verses that God takes notice of those of us who are adept with our hands. He knows who we are and how to find us.
While we stitchers repeatedly poke our needles through fabric, our patterns may not seem to be spiritual, but we are perfecting capabilities given to us by our Creator. The stitches are not just for our enjoyment but are training us for greater callings. I really do believe that.
We are ready when asked to hem up pajamas for a friend who doesn't sew, to alter a neckline for an elderly friend, to sew puppets for the children's ministry, to make curtains for the church nursery, blankets for crisis pregnancy centers, and more.
If we are ever tempted to speculate that our stitching is a waste of time, we do well to remember this: St. Augustine is credited with saying, "Love God and do whatever you please." This is a very freeing concept. It is most certainly not a license to sin but rather permission to enjoy life as we love God in obedience to Him. Living holy lives is a form of worship, as indicated in Psalm 96:9, "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
As we sew, knit, cook, combine scented oils, make soaps ... let's remember our Lord sees us and is so very pleased we are putting these strengths to use. He takes great delight in our enjoyment of these skills.
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