Our church recently started a crocheting and knitting class. So far, a variety of ages and skill levels have joined us. But regardless of experience or age, they all have one thing in common: they learn one stitch at a time. Which is why when I pick up a new pattern, I have to take it slow, counting each stitch, and keeping my tension uniform.
I found this especially important as I worked on my first crocheted baby cardigan. As I learned the new bobble stitch, I discovered that my counting was off. I had to restart the first bobble row several times before I got it right.
Life works the same way.
When crocheting, I get in a hurry. I think I know better than the pattern. Rows later, when I realize that I have hopelessly mangled my project, I must unravel all of those hasty stitches, sometimes several rows. I do the same thing when waiting on God’s will. My time frame makes more sense to my limited mind, so I forge ahead. Rushing God’s will and taking matters into my own hands, leaves my world in a knotted mess.
So, what is God’s design?
First of all, he designed each of us one stitch at a time. We all bear his tender mark of creation and love. Every day I am reminded that he is weaving together my daughter Rebekah, even as I write these very words:
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
– Psalm 139:13-18
God knows us intimately. Better than we even know ourselves. He knows what is best for our lives and asks us to trust him:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
– Proverbs 3:5-6 (emphasis mine)
He doesn’t want us to only seek him on Sundays. God wants all of our hearts. When we strike out on our own, we often go the wrong direction:
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
– Proverbs 14:12
Life is lived one day at a time, one moment at a time. God should be a part of all our collective moments. This does not mean that we live our lives in fear of making the wrong choice or accidentally going against his will. God can and does work through our mistakes. Proverbs does tell us to lean on God for direction, but it also speaks extensively about the wisdom and discretion we can gather when we fear and love God. Wisdom and discretion will help us make the right choices moment to moment:
My son, do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely,
and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.
– Proverbs 3:21-26
As you take this week day by day, moment by moment, remember to seek God through it all. Pursue wisdom, stay faithful, and teach your children to do the same through your example.
How do you intentionally seek God? What are you working on crocheting or knitting this week? Let us know in the comments below. Feel free to link up to posts or pictures, but remember to visit Yarn Along for more ideas!