The quilt tops were interesting to say the least. They were the products of someone's unfinished work. They were not colors or patterns I was drawn to at all. Some of the work was not as well done as I thought I should have been. In short, I didn't much care for these quilt tops and only my promise to Mom and Dad inspired me to finish them. As I talked with my friend "Daina" one day and told her about these quilts that I needed OFF my to-do list, she offered encouragement and prayer and a promise (threat) that she would require a status update in a few days. I started in.
As I began the process of pressing, batting, tying, and binding them it occurred to me that I was a snob. It wasn't that I didn't have the time to do the work...I simply hadn't made it a priority because I didn't think they were up to my standards...PRIDE was standing in my way of offering four children snuggly, warm quilts to call their own. As I sewed, I humbled myself and found my softened heart broken by the truth. I felt God compelling me to complete this work to the best of my ability, in spite of what I started with. I felt the Truth wash over me that these quilts were much like me...in need of work. I confessed my pride and thanked God for the fact that He makes all things beautiful in His time (even me), I thanked Him that He takes the rags of our lives and makes all things new.
|The Last of The Four Quilts|
(and the most needy) in Progress
Now I see these quilts in a completely different light. I see beauty, comfort, and warmth. I see the hard work of other seamstress' hands used for a purpose they could not foresee and that I was called upon to complete. I see fabrics that may remind a child of a dress their mother, grandmother, or sister used to wear or that feels like their father's shirt. I pray that God will take them and use them to speak love to four children in a way that only He can. I pray that He will wrap His arms around them as they wrap in these quilts and that they will feel His total and unconditional love in pieces of fabric stitched together to make unique quilts...much like God pieces together the events of our lives to make something beautiful in His time.