I made some prayer quilts this past autumn for some lady friends.
Recently, a young man at church, who is battling cancer, asked if I would make him a quilt. He gave me some of his favorite old clothing, that no longer fit due to the cancer, to use for the quilt.
Hand quilting is not always easy. There are many pin and needle pricks along the way. Sometimes even a sliced finger. You poke your finger in your mouth, then just take it in stride and get on with the task.
This quilt was quite different . Instead of getting on with the task at hand, God and I had some talks along the way.
Whenever I got a pin or needle prick or sliced my finger with the rotary cutter, He reminded of the suffering a friend or loved one is enduring with their bouts with cancer. What is a pin prick compared to their struggles? There is no comparison. So each time I got stuck, I was reminded to pray for those friends and loved ones. So I stopped the task at hand and said a prayer.
As I deconstructed the garments, I came across hidden debris in the seams and deep recesses of pockets in some of those old comfortable clothes.
God reminded of how we often allow the ugliness of foul language and corruptness in our society to become hidden debris in our lives, to where we become blinded to the sins, and little by little without realizing it, we wear them like an old comfortable shirt, turning a blind eye the stains on it.
He reminded me of 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
So just like those old jeans and sweat shirts became something new, God can re-purposes us into something new, if we let Him.
Be blessed friends and remember to pray for those in your lives who need to be made new.