I remember in a long-ago time, when things got fixed instead of thrown away, I used to have a small basket into which were tossed the 'things to be fixed' to wait for a time to be tended to...and I remember darning socks. It seems so quaint now, to repair a hole in a sock, when today we'd just buy a new pair, but back then they had to last, so you fixed them, sometimes over and over.
Inside that sock would go the darning egg - a lovely piece of egg-shaped wood, polished smooth, with a handle to hold - and with it in place, you could see what you were doing, and it provided a base upon which to work. Carefully you'd thread just the right sized yarn into the darning needle...it was larger than most, with a not-so-sharp end, for it's purpose was not to tear, but to mend.
Across the hole you'd go, making even little stitches all down the sides of the hole, until you'd made a tiny little loom upon which to weave a new patch. Then over and under, you'd go the opposite way, and beneath your fingers you could see, the hole was filling in, new yarn filling in for the old. When you were done, and slipped the darning egg out, your patch would blend in with its surroundings...nearly invisible to the eye, but stronger than the original.
How my life was like that sock full of holes, each one for a wrong decision I had made...and I felt like I should just toss it all out, it wasn't worth any more work.... but instead I turned to God, who'd been waiting and hoping I'd do just that, and gave it all to Him...sure that no one could fix it, not even Him. But He smiled as He gathered the tatters of my life, and one by one, those holes He filled in....His love filled my heart, His word gave me a foundation, just like that darning egg inside the sock.... and then He gently took new threads of life in His hands and wove them into my life.
He wove in trust and hope at first, stitched in with that needle of love, that blunt needle that was mending, not tearing down, and then He wove in encouragement, delight and laughter, to ready my heart for the happiness to come.
When He was done, the repairs completed, a heart brand new He'd created, then He knew it was time for me to begin...a brand new path for this new heart, a path that included you. He gave me the desire of my heart, that I'd hidden away inside, but He knew and He understood, one sock alone, even tho repaired, needed to be part of a pair, there needed to be two. So He brought you into my life to make the pair complete, the two that fit His design. He poured out His love on me, so I could give it to you, and you'd return it to me even more.... and our two, in Him, would become one.
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