Happy Friday everyone! We are linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday gang. We link up here and share together on our writing prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is: FOLLOW
Frustration was mounting and it just wasn’t making any sense.
“I don’t even understand how to do this!” I mumbled in the corner.
Dave in his most supportive but cautious tone piped in, “I don’t know… You’ll just have to trust the pattern. Follow the directions… I’m sure the person who wrote it knows what they are doing.”
Here I was knitting my first hat and I wasn’t getting it. Of course I didn’t choose anything simple like a straight or simple seed stitch. But instead I took on cabling for the first time along with other difficult stitches. My philosophy — “Go big or go home” and at this point I was ready to go home! I was ready to give up and be done with it!
Sometimes we can feel this way about our own lives.
God moves us into a new direction and we are unsure of what He’s doing because we haven’t been this way before. This is new territory and we don’t see what He’s doing or even understand.
This is when we trust the Pattern Maker and follow the directions given. The One who has laid out the directions knows what we are becoming. He knows the finished work and the steps it’s going to take for us to get there.
In the midst of the pattern building we can’t always see how it’s all coming together. We only see the knits and purls of the row and simple stitches we just made. But as each row builds upon the next we see a beautiful pattern forming and the stitches come together row by row.
Our trusting skills are growing as we keep following the directions stitch by stitch. We can fight and scream out in frustration and we might even have moments where we want to rip out the work and begin again… making our own pattern out of what we know and understand.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ~ Isaiah 30: 21 (NIV)
I knit that hat of mine about 6 years ago. It took time for me to understand the pattern and my hubby heard many frustrating moans of, “I don’t get this!!!” Hubby would just repeat… “Follow the pattern. Trust the pattern!”
It wasn’t always easy and I had many frustrating moments along the way. But I kept at it and as I did, I began to see the pattern emerge. I continued to knit as the pattern formed row by row, stitch by stitch.
It is now my favorite hat. I run my fingers along the stitches and remember the frustrations of those knitting together moments. Those moments of frustration built trust in the Pattern Maker.
I followed the pattern and it is now a reminder of sticking at it. Follow the Pattern Maker right to the end.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
My prayer for you in those frustrating moments when you don’t understand and you can’t see what He is doing, trust the Pattern Maker in your life. He is working through all things to bring about the good in your life. You can trust Him. He knows what He is doing and He is good at what He does! Trust His working out process, stitch by stitch and row by row. As you continue on in following His direction you will see the pattern emerge and it will come together! Trust Him and you will see!
We would love for you to join the conversation below ~
- What are tips or encouragement you can share with us about following the pattern maker?
- In what ways is God growing you in this area?
- How can we pray for you?
Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy the sunshine and have a great weekend!
(Linking up with #Compel ~ my tip used was adding pictures)