A TALE OF TWO YARNS … A Devotional

yarn colored multi-colored

Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one …

Woops! Dropped one, oh dear! And there goes another … help!

I would like you to sit with me awhile and watch this knitted garment become a reality … wearable, functional … whole.

Imagine you are comfortable, in your favourite chair. Maybe a cup of tea or coffee by your side. It’s a beautiful day. The birds are singing. Or maybe it’s the still of the night … but there’s a light on whatever time it is.

You look toward the ground and there in your favourite knitting basket are balls and balls of beautiful wool, all shapes and sizes. Some with additional fluffy bits or glitter, some coarser than others, some so fine you have to be really careful or it will snap in your fingers.

You take up the pair of knitting needles and off you go …

Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one …

And then it happens you drop one, then another … the phone rings. You trip over the wool trying to get to it … it breaks. Sigh! Wrong number. You start again.

All is going well, the ball is becoming smaller. The garment is taking shape. Every now and then, the wool becomes tangled. You drop another stitch. You knit the wrong stitch. A hole forms. Another sigh; but you keep going. You persevere knowing that if you give up now, you’re left with half a ball of prettiness on the floor and an unfinished garment, suitable for nothing, save a new blanket for dear sweet kitty (who by the way has been trying to immerse himself in the basket of delight by your feet).

Backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, the ball decreases in size, what you are knitting increases, the ball increases in size, the other decreases … it’s frustrating. At times you feel you are going nowhere … but still you keep going.

Finally, it’s done. You sit there and look over your now completed masterpiece. Could have been better you think.

Maybe I should start again! No, I’ll put it on and wear it with pride. The ball’s gone and my work is done.

Have you ever felt like your life is like this … continually taking two steps forward, one step back. Or is it one step forward, two steps back? Always remember that the Lord is in control. It doesn’t matter how much that you feel your life is unravelling. How many ‘holes’ are appearing. How many things you think you have lost. He sees the finished you. He sees you so beautifully complete in His precious Son, Christ Jesus. Don’t try and run away with the ball of circumstances and hide.

He’s making something glorious and perfect in His eyes … You.

© 2014 – current Liana Wendy Howarth

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:24 KJV

“I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 KJV

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