Speaking of my knitting ministry, it has taught me so many things and has strengthened my walk with God in more ways than I can articulate. This week's project has been no exception!
Earlier this month my mom asked me if I would knit her friend from work a burnt orange scarf for their Secret Santa gift exchange. The only catch: she needed it by 12/14 giving me less than a week! I already had 2 knitting projects in the works, so this was no small request. My mom would do anything for me, so I felt like I couldn't say no and I got to work.
My next hurdle came with the yarn I picked. The prettiest burnt orange colored yarn I could find was very thin, which is not ideal for loom knitting. I had to double knit the entire thing to get a tightly woven design that's pretty but time consuming. Add to everything that I was kind of burnt out on knitting (no color pun intended); I go through my phases and generally need pretty and bulky yarn to get through them.
Unfortunately I did not make my deadline, not by a long shot! My mom was completely understanding and told her friend (Cathleen) that she had a scarf on the way. Cathleen was very excited and I didn't have so much pressure on me anymore.
In a very sad and unfortunate turn of events, Cathleen's dad passed away the weekend of December 17. It wasn't unexpected, but it was still obviously a very difficult time for Cathleen and her family. Cathleen flew out from California to New Jersey to be with her family and has been having a very difficult time, understandably.
I had been feeling so guilty because I hadn't finished Cathleen's scarf, especially because I didn't feel like knitting. But because I hadn't finished it, this gave me a wonderful opportunity to pray for Cathleen and her family and turn a simple gift into a prayerful opportunity.
Please understand, I'm not trying to excuse myself for being lazy. I'm also not saying that I couldn't pray for Cathleen and her family without knitting. But there is a special time I have knitting and praying together. I find it gives my crazy multi-tasking mind two things to focus on so that I don't get distracted during prayer time (don't tell me you don't get distracted, too!! If you don't, you are a way better a person than I am!).
The bottom line is I felt guilty but God wasn't angry with me for being lazy and busy. Instead, he used all things for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). Somehow, someway, God takes our sin, our errors, our problems, and he uses them to help us and those around us. He's already numbered our steps; he knew when Cathleen would need my prayers the most. It's experiences like these that really strengthen me because I see the nature of the God I love and serve.
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