by Sandy Kirby Quandt
My mother was an excellent seamstress. She could make clothes without using a pattern, and could make alterations with ease. While I enjoy sewing I do not enjoy having to rip out seams and re-do them. I’d rather start fresh.
When I make a mistake while crocheting, it’s no big deal to pull the yarn and correct the mistake. In knitting, it’s more involved. For that reason, I pay closer attention to what I’m doing.
When potters are creating something and it doesn’t look quite right, they don’t go any future. They squish the clay together and start all over again.
I’ve never created anything with clay beyond fifth grade so don’t have a lot of experience with it, but I sure did create tons of things with Play-doh, and I did not like it when someone mixed all the colors together. Starting with a fresh can of Play-doh, to me, was the best.
Just like clothes that need altered, crochet that needs ripped out, clay that needs squished, we mess up at times. We sin. We fall short of the goal Christ set before us.
That’s when the Master Potter, Crafter, Creator, rips out the seam that needs altered, pulls the yarn to get back to the spot before the dropped stitch, squishes the lump of clay and remolds us so we have the opportunity to be remade, reworked through the power of the cross.
When we have been cleansed by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we are given the opportunity to start over new. Just like a fresh can of Play-doh where the colors haven’t been mixed together.
Do you enjoy reworking a craft, or do you prefer to start all over from scratch?
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But the jar that he was forming didn’t turn out as he wished, so he kneaded it into a lump and started again. Jeremiah 18:4 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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I very much enjoyed a calligraphy class that I took in high school. Some days the ink just flowed onto the paper forming beautiful letters. Other days I could do nothing right…too much ink on the nib, smears, an uneven line, leading to frustration and starting over to get it just perfect. I’m joyful that Jesus takes me, with all my faults and can make me new again!
Alyce, I didn’t know you were a calligrapher. I’m glad Jesus takes me with all my faults, too. In his hands, we’re just right.
Great post! I am currently working on a quilt block and one of the corners does not line up. I am going to take it apart. I have thought about making another one. We learn so much from the process. Great post Sandy!
Thanks for commenting, Shirley. Hope you get the quilt block figured out. You’re so right about us learning from the process.