Start Anew

My mother was an excellent seamstress. She made clothes without patterns and made alterations with ease. While I enjoy sewing, I follow patterns. And I do not enjoy ripping out seams to alter something. I’d rather start anew.

Sissy is an excellent crocheter. She too makes things without using patterns. Not me. When I crochet, I follow the pattern step by step. If I make a mistake, I pull the yarn out and correct it. Same goes for when I knit. If I make a mistake, although it’s more involved, it is still correctable.

While seamstresses, crocheters, and knitters might backtrack to correct a problem, if potters create something and it doesn’t look quite right, they don’t go any future. They squish the clay together, then they start anew.

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 the colors together. (I’m looking at you, Butter.) To my way of thinking, each color needed to stay the color the lid said it was. Once I finished playing, though, I squished the Play-doh into a ball and placed it back into the can.

Just like clothes that need altered, dropped stitches that need fixed, and clay that needs squished, we mess up sometimes. 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 back to the spot before the dropped stitch, squishes the hardening lump of clay, and remolds us so we have the opportunity to be remade and reworked through the power of the cross.

When we receive Christ as our Savior and are cleansed through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we are given the opportunity to start anew. 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 anew?

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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)

You can find my March Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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