Confession: I am a granny on the inside. I have this slight obsession with crochet and it’s super ridiculous. I go to stores (my favorites being Hobby Lobby and Michaels) and go straight to the yarn section and could stay there for hours if I had the time. If I had the money, I would literally buy every single ball of yarn. I even told my sweet boyfriend that he never has to wonder about what to get for me… Because if he got me yarn, I would be just as happy with that as I would be anything else.
But I wasn’t always like this. It was definitely a slow mountain to climb to get to the place where my scarves weren’t 12 different widths and looked like it was rippled when I wanted it to be straight. Holes were found in random places and I just kinda guessed at which stitches to work in.. Needless to say, you’d think I’d read up and research how exactly this whole crochet-thing worked.
So I gave up for awhile. I did. I put my yarn in my chest at home and didn’t touch it from around April to Christmas time. I rediscovered all my yarn after Pinterest had beckoned me to learn correctly after seeing all the beautiful blankets and such you can make with just simple strands of yarn. So I researched. I practiced. I tore quite a few projects back down to the starting stitch trying to get it right. After Googling how-to’s for different stitches and techniques (you can Google anything these days…), I finally made a circle scarf. Nothing fancy- but it was straight…ish. Mostly straight. I ran into the living room to show my parents, yelling “LOOK AT IT! IT IS BEAUTIFUL!” After then it was all downhill.. I’ve learned so much more and my projects turn out much better the first time rather than 12 times of ripping stitches out.
I was in 1 John this morning (Random switch to the Bible, but it ties into EVERYTHING). I was reading in chapter 5 in verse 3 which says, “For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.”
I have this wonderful Holman Christian study Bible that has super crazy good points that put things in such great ways. For verse 3: “Knowledge of God transforms the human will, making what was once a burden light and easy to carry (Mt. 11:30)”
That got me thinking… In everyday life, isn’t it easier to do something once you have the knowledge about it? It’s much easier to take a test when you know the material on it, making your grades less of a burden. It’s much easier to put something together when you have the instructions telling you how to put it together in the correct way (even though most of us don’t use instructions.. ever..). Finally, it’s a lot easier to crochet once you have the knowledge of stitches and understand the concepts of the whole art.
It’s crazy how God makes everything tie back into Him and His teachings. When we understand God and who He is, His commands, and know Him personally- the “commands” that He gives us are not a burden. Not only because we are filled with such a wonderful love for Him, making us have a desire to please Him by fulfilling His commands, but because we understand why those commands matter because we finally understand God’s thinking on it. This doesn’t come naturally, of course. This takes digging into God’s word, breaking it apart and really trying to understand God’s mind on the matter. He’s so faithful to show us so many things if we are just faithful to spend daily time in His word, being surrounded by His presence.
Once God transforms our minds, we are then able to think more like Him and less like the world. This is an every day work that makes His commands that once seemed impossible now possible with Him.
→Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
→ I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)