It all started one Sunday morning a few weeks ago at Sunday School. Since Nate is a teacher we get there about 20 minutes early. We sit in the classroom and chat with others before class begins. I bring my project bag with me a pull out something to work on. Lately its been fine crochet with a very small hook and thread.
Soon the bus kids arrive and they happily move about our room on their way to their own and they stop by to see what I'm doing. They are mesmerized by my work. They look real close...three or four gathered around with heads bumped together. I slow way down and show them a stitch or two talking them through each step. They say they would love to do that and I say I would love to teach them. See? It's just pulling a loop through a loop.
I smile and they smile and look at me kind of funny and pretty soon move on to the class. I know...and I think they know too. that it really isn't that easy to learn. It takes correct hand position, correct tension and an ability to read the directions. One must start at the beginning and learn to pull a loop through a loop. This is called a chain.
I was thinking that crocheting was a lot like life. It seems to be always the same - almost boring. Like pulling a loop through a loop. It's important to do these loops though. Like school day after day. Work. Cleaning. Family. Being consistent is important and makes everything work together well.
There are several stitches in crochet, but mostly the stitches are just an extra wrap of the yarn and a few more pulls of loops through loops. Sometimes we have to study the pattern really hard. Over and over we read the directions and sometimes we have to ask a professional just exactly what "it" means so we can continue on. Like life. Things get hard. We want to give up. When we get the help we need (I like to read my bible and seek God about the hard situations...and sometimes I need to talk to a mentor), we can continue on our way with a lot more variety and insights in life and when following in obedience, things do turn out correctly.
There are also the projects I've completed only to look back the few rows that I've done. I see a mistake or two. I sigh and tear it out. I wish I had been more alert. I say to myself that I'm thankful it wasn't at the beginning of the project. The consequences of my mistake? Just time lost. Unfortunately mistakes in life have more severe consequences. God, help me to be sensitive to Your ways and quickly turn away from the decisions that mess things up in life. I'm so glad I can come to you for forgiveness. Help me deal well with the consequences I do aquire.
Sadly I have projects undone with no desire to finish. They sit there in
the drawer with a hook still stuck in them. I need my professional to continue
on with them. They are too hard. God, help your desires become my desires. Help me to go on with life when things seem they are at a dead end. You know, Lord, just what I need. Help me to do what pleases You.
When we follow the pattern, we end up with something beautiful. People say well
done. We are able to give them as gifts to encourage.