Covered Christians

I have long believed that knowing how to sew a straight stitch can change the world. Or at least, my own little corner of the world.

My mom taught me to sew when I was a little girl, and one of my first projects was a set of Barbie sheets made from scraps of satin. Pretty fancy! My tastes have evolved since then, and now I much prefer linen and cotton. I hunt for remnants and wholesale prices on yardage from Kravet and other fine fabric manufacturers to make pillow shams, curtains, duvet covers, and slipcovers, my latest endeavor.

I thought  making a slipcover would be a bit overwhelming, but it’s not. It’s like a puzzle, and time-consuming like a puzzle, but logical. It’s just a matter of laying the fabric over the furniture and cutting out shapes to match each part, and then trimming to ensure a tight fit. Hours of pinning and stitching later, and the slipcover comes to life. It’s a beautiful thing, seeing how a simple white slipcover can transform a bland piece of furniture into something fresh and new.

It reminds me of what God does in our lives, taking us from something not-too-pretty and not-so-functional into something useful and appealing–a new creature, as it says in II Corinthians 5:17. He covers us with His blood at the time of our salvation, and every day after, his Holy Spirit works on us from within, using people and circumstances in our lives to transform us until we become more like him than the people we once were.

Paul wrote to the Philippians,

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

I’m glad God promises never gives up on us. Even when we fail and our Christian life seems to follow the pattern of two steps forward and three steps back, God doesn’t see it that way. With his eternal perspective, he sees all we will become.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.–I Peter 5:10

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