How do we KNIT OURSELVES TO THE LORD ?
We YIELD our thoughts, our plans, our activities to HIM+, daily …even hourly. The MORE we YIELD, the more we will receive His+ Direction. That is how we experience His+ Will as an active reality in daily living. HE+ will minutely direct us if we stop ourselves … hourly … and YIELD to HIM+.
Here is a true, personal story from one follower of JESUS who practices YIELDING to HIM+ through-out the day.
Dear friend, you asked me to write to you about my week. Well, my “activities” have been mostly inner, spiritual journeys this week, with lots of quiet time and vigils before HIM+… not much to write about.
Puzzling over this, I asked The LORD what to share with you, and HE+ brought to mind my KNITTING — of all things !
For reasons of His+ own, The LORD has led me to take up knitting although I have very little ability at doing these hand-work skills that many ladies do. I make lots of mistakes in spite of the fact that I go SLOWLY and am exceedingly careful .
As I un-ravel my rows to correct mistakes, I often ponder WHY I must knit ? Why does Our LORD take pleasure in my knitting … when obviously it does not come natural nor easy to me.
During this past year I have learned — by His+ enabling power alone — to knit socks. I have made about 5 pair so far and am half-way done with my 6th pair.
This week during my meditation time, as I was knitting and being “still,” I found myself beginning the cuff of my second sock for this current pair of socks.
Now, if you know anything about knitting, the standard knitting of a sock cuff is done in such a way to make it elastic and stretchable by working a knit-purl stitch combination. ( Purling is a backward knit stitch.) It is REALLY beginner’s work and very easy to do.
So, this second cuff I knit and UNFORTUNATELY unraveled due to mistakes … 5 TIMES !
Over and over again, I knit this cuff and after about 1 inch of knitting I would discover a bad mistake which I could not correct without unraveling the entire cuff.
Soon, I began to wonder: WHAT is going on here ?
This is NOT TRICKY knitting, but I was knitting bad mistakes into this cuff.
The problem HAD to be with me.
Berating myself for not keeping my mind on my work, I diligently re-started the cuff again from the very beginning of cast on stitches, WORKING VERY SLOWLY, counting my stitches, checking each row vertically as well as horizontally.
I finally completed the first inch again when the thought “occurred” to me that I should compare this cuff to my finished sock to see if it were as loose as the finished one.
I discovered the BASIC error.
I had worked a pattern on my cuff as Knit 1, Purl 1 which gave the sock cuff a very delicate look, like for a baby’s sock.
HOWEVER … I SHOULD HAVE BEEN working Knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in order to match the finished sock. I re-checked the pattern and it indeed was Knit 2 stitches, Purl 2 stitches on the cuff.