Reflections: Seam rippers and life

One of the things I love to do in life is design and create things with material. I have a special interest in purses and bags. For a short time, I even had my own line of purses I had designed and was selling. I think I inherited this love for bags from my mother, but hers are more the expensive ones she buys, mine are created in my sewing room.

Sometimes I start my creation from a picture of an existing bag and then from that picture begin my creation. My end result is usually quite different from the orginal picture, because I’ve changed it, and improved it, or at least tried too. It’s a challenge to figure out the dimensions and necessary items needed to complete the project.

Recently I got an idea to make a backpack camera bag. I looked at several online, and decided against purchasing one, because of the hefty price tag that comes with the ones I liked. So I set out to design my own.

It’s always interesting sewing without a pattern. I do make my own drawings, and patterns (or just measurements) but this does not come with a set of step by step instructions. I spend great lengths of time pondering the assembly process, and how things should be constructed to get the desired result. It is beneficial that I’ve been sewing since I was a young girl, so I have a lot of stitching under my belt you could say. I even created and designed a wedding dress once, from a simple sketch the bride drew for me. That one was a challenge but ended up as a one of kind beautiful dress.

The other night I sat down to work on my backpack creation, and had almost completed the inside removable padded insert when I realized I had missed a couple of steps that were necessary for the insert to function. It was then that I realized the last few hours had been totally in vain, and the next hour would be spent with a seam ripper in hand and undoing every stitch I had just done.

Normally that process would have frustrated me to no end, but this time it didn’t because I began to see that’s how life can be. God has the pattern, and knows what this creation is to look like. He also knows every step we should take. Sometimes we go about trying to make it happen, but then miss some important steps, and end up ‘redoing’ parts of our life. Going around the same problems again and again, till we get it right. God is so patient with us, and He is always the God of the second chance, and third, and forth, etc.

So if you’ve messed up in life, (who hasn’t) don’t despair, God’s not done with you yet, and He still knows the plan for your life. He can get out his divine seam ripper and get you back on track and in the right order.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”: Philippians 1:6

Kelley Reuer is the pastor at Alive Christian Fellowship in Kenmare.

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