Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
~ Hebrews 12:1 ~
Saturday afternoon Noah and I attended a friend’s baby shower. In preparation for it we decided to make a unique gift, but it was not easy coming up with a concept. After several attempts failed, Noah had a brilliant idea. She took one of her Hello Kitty sketches, copied it onto cream colored muslin stretched out on a blue embroidery hoop, and embroidered it. When she was done, she handed it to me to check and it looked great; but when I looked at the back of it, I saw a tangled mess.
We were going to make the gift into an ornament that could either be hung or placed in a frame, but the tangles and large knots made it impossible to lay flat. I used two needles to help me untangle the threads and undo the knots; it was painstaking work to untangle and separate the red and blue threads. As I was untangling the knots and threads I thought, “I wonder if this is how the Lord does it with us. He sees how easily sin entangles us, and then when we cry out for help, He untangles us.”
I was being very careful not to fray or break any of the threads, but the threads of the heart were too tangled to be cleaned up because knotting had occurred, leaving long sections of threads that had nowhere to go. I cut the thread, removed it, and Noah redid the embroidery, leaving a neater and cleaner backside. While looking at it, I wondered how often our Father has to remove things that mar us and how we suffer needlessly because we do not throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us.
In the end, we decided to leave the gift in the hoop since it complimented the design. Yes, I did not have to spend all the time and effort in cleaning up the backside, but then, I would not have learned a valuable lesson.
I was not able to share with our friend nor with Noah, the life lesson that came in making the gift, but she was was delighted with it.
Father, You know us so well! Thank You for the daily encouragement to look to the author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ our Lord, and to be open to His teaching; and for the cloud of witnesses that encourage us to throw off the sin that so easily entangles, and…run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Thank You for Your faithfulness in giving our friend the desire of her heart in LeaGrace, whom we will meet very soon. Bless her with the blessing You have for her, and her family, too; in Jesus’ name, amen.