Today the kids and I went to a fabric store so that I could buy what I need to make Emerald a cheerleading outfit. When you live in small town Texas, where football rules the fall, it’s pretty much a prerequisite of the season that all little girls must have cheer suits to wear to the games.
I wandered around the store for quite some time after finding the pattern, painstakingly trying to determine what I needed to buy. I checked and double checked the materials and sizes. I tried to figure out why I would need this or that and whether this fabric or that one was right. Finally, I just bought a bunch of stuff and brought it home, with no real notion of exactly how I am going to craft this outfit.
Don’t worry, I’ve done this before. I have a tendency to try to sew things that are way beyond my skill set. Last Halloween, I put my mediocre sewing skills to the test when I made this Colonial times dress for Adelade to wear:
To this day I have no clue how I managed to make that dress, with my lack of sewing knowledge or ability. But, somehow it happened. And, I’m really hoping it will happen again with this cheerleading outfit.
When I’m in the fabric store buying stuff for these projects, I am preparing to undertake something that I actually know very little about. But, that doesn’t stop me from buying the materials and diving right in. I wish I could learn to be more like that in the Christian life. In ministry. I wish I would just say yes, even when I have no clue how it’s actually going to get done, when I don’t feel that I have the skills or the knowledge to make it happen.
Because when we say yes to something that we don’t feel like we have the ability to do, then what we are really saying is, “Yes, God, I need you to do this. I need you to shine here because I am about as mediocre as they come.” And maybe, if we tried saying yes when we are feeling less than capable, we would find out that God is quite a tailor, sewing straight seams to hide our crooked ones, quick and creative, patient and capable. When He lives inside of us, the truth is that He makes us able where we were weak.
More than a tailor, with each stitch He heals us. He makes something beautiful. And, He guides our hands to craft beauty, too.
Maybe I need more yes.
Each yes that is clothed in humility and weakness is a yes that is destined for a brand new outfit created by the Savior. A beautiful transformation from I-can’t-do-this to Look-what-God-did.
I hope next week when I get Emerald’s cheerleading suit started, I will find out that I really did buy what was needed and that I really can figure out how to put it all together. But, if somehow I don’t, I’m thinking a Colonial times dress would be a neat twist on football game attire.
I’m really irritated! I was born 80 years too early to have you as my Mama.
Oh well, I’ll make the best of it, especially with today’s words of wisdom.
Robert! Your mama obviously did a pretty incredible job. 🙂