Tuesday, October 7, 2008

wip (work in progress)

My mom made a comment the other day about how 'even' my stitches looked on the sweater I've started. They do...but they haven't always looked so even. The ones she commented on were just plain ole garter stitches. (You should see some of my attempts at lace.) There had been this wonky spot that I couldn't account for and I had to frog back and re-knit that section. She couldn't really know that from looking at the section that was on the dining room table.
Well, all this got me to thinking... (I know that can be trouble). I started realizing that knitting is such a good metaphor for life. You see, I'm just a work in progress. Each stitch in my life brings me closer to completion. There are those times that I have to be frogged and sections in my life that need to be reworked. I have some areas that seem easy...kinda like garter stitch, and some that need much more practice like my lace work. But even those 'easy' sections can get wonky every once in a while. As I think about my life, one of my deepest fears is that 15 years from now I'll look the same as I do today. I want all that God has for me, I think it would be so sad to get to the end of my life and realize I had missed out on all the joys and all the freedoms and all the peace and real growth that He had for me simply because I refused to change. Almost like ending up with a dishcloth when you started out knitting a cashmere sweater. I want to become all that my master has in mind for me to be. That means going on to the next stitch and the next section. It means allowing Him to frog areas that just aren't quite to gauge. That can hurt sometimes. (trust me I know!) But I know that He has my master pattern in mind all along and that I can trust Him to bring situations and circumstances into my life that are for my good. At certain times in my life He has stitches waiting on stitch holders, and yarn overs in places I didn't think I needed them. Sometimes, I'm not even sure whether He's knitting top down or bottom up..but I know He knows what He's doing in my life. I'm also certain that it won't be easy or even that it will all get done here on earth, but I'm willing to be knit into what He wants. The good part is that He does it, one stitch at a time.

"and we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord..." 2 Corinthians 3:18

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13,14


Wool Winder said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts--well said.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are knitted the way you are! He made you most excellent of all! I am glad you are my wife! Thank you for bringing your most excellent life into mine and making me a better person! THANK YOU!

Life in the Bizzy Lane said...

what an awesome post! i am at a loss for words other than incredible. your analogy was just incredible!

Kristyn Knits said...

L O V E it...I've been thinking about it for days.