Monday, June 18, 2012

God used a quilt block

I hesitated before using that title --- I suppose I might hear from some of you that think I'm being a little bit sacrilegious....thinking that I'm using a trivial illustration for a mighty God.

I hope not.

I truly believe that God can use the mundane things of life to speak to us; He is all-powerful and all-knowing, and He can choose to use anything He wishes to use, to nudge us when we need it!

Let me tell you what I mean . . .

Some of you may know that I have another blog, and that my "pen name" on that blog is Snoodles, just as it is here.  The story of that name is for another day.  Recently I was preparing a post tailored for rookie quilters; I was hoping to help them avoid some of the pitfalls that I experienced when I got started. I got out several of the blocks that were first on my list -- from when I was a rookie.

It was very obvious that I had a real problem when I first began --- the very first block not only had issues with wrinkles and non-matching corners, but it was also a good bit larger than the next three blocks.  As I looked it over, I remembered what had caused the problem . . . in my excitement to be quilting, I had not read the instructions completely! I had missed a very important note on measuring the little blocks that made up the whole star block. "I scooted ahead without paying attention to the directions," I told myself.

And then it hit me.  Or rather, then God nudged me. "Aren't you about to make the same mistake?" he gently said.  In a rush to make a recent decision, I had not consulted Him. I hadn't even glanced at the instruction book (my Bible) to make sure of His directions.  I assumed that I knew enough to forge ahead.
I took care of that right away.  I remembered two verses that I should have thought of before:
 “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:6)
 “There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel; that  will stand” (Prov. 19:21).
The Lord promises to give direction and guidance in our lives. He can use something as simple as a quilt block to remind us.  Is there something that you need to consult him about today? If you have time, leave a comment about something that God used to get your attention.


Linda said...

Great analogy. So often we think we know better and don't read the pattern (Bible) first and then wonder why our points (life) doesn't look or go the way we think it should. I would love to be following your other blog also.

Carrie P. said...

Great post. I think God uses things and people where we are at, quilt blocks and all. God speaks to me through nature a lot. It brings me peace to be in His creation and I can be quiet and listen for His voice.

Belinda said...

I totally agree with Linda and Carrie. God uses EVERYTHING to good. No matter what it is, He can use it and will use it for something positive.

Note to self...check the instruction manual more often!!

Miki Willa said...

I cannot begin to list all the ways God reminds me to pay attention. Some are little and some are large. I am just very thankful that God is always there for me. I really appreciated your analogy today.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Oh, God uses quilt blocks and toe nail clippers if he needs to. (Not that He's ever used toe nail clippers with me...they are just within eyesight...)

Anyway, it is wonderful that you allowed God to use the quilt block to get your attention. :)