Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bread for the Journey



I have always enjoyed knitting.  
I have memories of me as a little girl  sitting on a small chair beside my mother, 
being so proud that I was knitting 'just like her'. 
I was knitting a project recently and I made a mistake that forced me to unravel my work 
to below the mistake so I could then continue knitting my project. 

My thoughts fell into rhythm with the click of the needles.   
I thought about the difference between knitting and sewing 
and 
the difference between man's forgiveness and God's forgiveness. 

Having been a seamstress/alterationist for many years I think I have seen just about every kind of damage that can be done to a garment either during construction or after.  
 I have patched, camouflaged, twisted and turned to repair the damage, to restore the garment
as close to 'good as new' as I could - but  even at best,  the garment had been patched.  
 So often man's forgiveness is like that, isn't it ?   
We forgive one another - but we only  'patch it up'.
We remember and know exactly where the patch is.  

But with knitting, a mistake does not damage the garment, it never needs a patch or repair.  
The offending stitches are simply undone and the knitting continued. 
No one could ever know that a mistake had been made because the garment is perfect. 
That is what God's forgiveness is like.   
When we come to Him with our 'messes' , our sin and ask Him to forgive us,
He doesn't put a patch over it.
He unravels the mistake, picks up the stitches of our life and resumes knitting 
as though the mistake had never been made.  

Aren't you thankful God is a 'knitter' not a 'sewer' ? 

   "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins 
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 
1 John 1:9
   "As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." 
  Psalm 103:12

9 comments:

  1. What a wonderful analogy. So thankful that our God is a knitter. Thank you.

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  2. Your comparison of us sewing and our Father as being a knitter is very thought provoking. We do indeed patch up our past differences but always have it in mind exactly where they are .... unfortunately. Thankfully God is a knitter who removes our mistakes and leaves the finished knitted article complete and as it should be. We are taught to forgive others as God forgives us - you have given me a gentle reminder this morning. I can and will remember this going forth. Thank you. Jackie

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  3. Thank you, Julie, for putting it so well!

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  4. God has given you such a gift of seeing his truth in our daily lives. This example is so easy to understand and remember. Thank you for this lesson. I'm thankful that God forgives us the way he does.

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  5. I love this analogy Julie...being a novice knitter...I certainly can relate...and I love how you wove God's truth about forgiveness and patch work.

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  6. What a lovely analogy, and food for thought...I need to become a better "knitter" for sure!

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  7. Beautiful post. Thank you.

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  8. What a wonderful comparison. As a sewer and a knitter I totally related to it. Thank you for your thoughtful analogy. Have a beautiful week.

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