Friday, October 11, 2013
If you are a quilter or crafter, you probably have a box or drawer as I do of “lost causes” – projects that didn’t fit quite right, had poor colors, or perhaps wobbled a bit out of square. Woodworkers have a box of scraps that didn’t make it, and even cooks occasionally throw away a “lost cause” because it couldn’t or didn’t get eaten.
Some time ago my quilting group received a donation of scraps from a family that included a lost-cause project. Wadded into a corner of the box was a very wobbly lone star block about twenty inches square. It was pieced by hand from very old fabrics in a hot yellow, pink and black color combination. With some teasing from my fellow quilters, I lovingly took this homely project home.
I stretched the star block onto my quilting machine and squared it. While working on the quilting, I happened to glance through the window at my small wildflower garden and laughed to see the same yellow and pink color combination in my garden. So “no one” would use those colors together as my friends suggested? God did. And it is stunning.
I wonder how many times we have given up on a person or thing because we thought saving it was hopeless. I have to admit that I have often struggled with people that just seemed to be a “lost cause.” I have also abandoned many opportunities I thought to be a lost cause – I thank God for repeat offers on some of them.
When faced with what I believe to be a lost cause, I recall a sign that says, “Please have patience with me. God isn’t quite finished with me yet.” People may not be molded as I wish and tasks don’t always come out perfectly, but I have faith that God continues to work on the situation.
Helen Keller, a woman who faced many challenges due to blindness, deafness and muteness, overcame her limitations and influenced the future of disability education. She once said, “When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”
God has worked miracles in each of us and one just never knows how we can affect others with our efforts. Like the combination of yellow and pink flowers, the result can be surprisingly pleasing. Thanks be to God.