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Going Against The Grain
by Trish Thompson
11/05/05
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Yesterday I spent a most frustrating time doing something I've done a thousand times before and it taught me that no mater the experience, you can always learn something more.

I was sewing a costume for the dance class at church, and I've been sewing since I was a teen, but somehow this time, nothing would work, it was so frustrating I felt like I could scream.

Why would this machine that had sewn beautifully before, now refuse to create even one stitch, the thread would not connect coming through the fabric, and I knew not how to fix this serious glitch.

I struggled along and got one piece together, but I knew I could not continue this way, so I finally sat down and took my silly little problem , and I began to pray.

I prayed for calm, for the insight to find what the problem was and how it could be fixed; for there was a pile of fabric waiting to be sewn, and it just had to get easier than this.

All of the sudden the problem became clear in my mind, I thought I had an answer to my prayer, and I went to the table to try out the idea, to see if the answer really was there.

I sewed a little scrap of fabric as a test, and the stitches made a perfect little row, and the whole problem had begun because of something so simple, something I really should have known.

I had cut my piece out across the grain of the fabric, instead of going lengthwise as I should, and that made the fabric fight against the stitches, assuring that the outcome would be no good.

Now all I had to do was change the direction of my pattern, to make it go the direction that would make the fabric lay smooth and free, and then the sewing
became the simple task it was, and the pieces went together just like they were meant to be.

OH, how that reminded me of my life before I met you, everything I tried was going against the grain - for I was doing it all on my own, even though it was a terrible strain.
Nothing worked, it was all a shambles, and I knew I would not make it alone, but I didn't know who could give that help to me, my desperate plea seemed destined to be forever unknown.

But that was not to be, for Jesus heard that silent call, and He was there before
the prayer I'd thought left my mind, and He gently picked me up, wipe the tears from my eyes, and told me I was the one He'd come to find.

He cleared out the chaos that had filled my heart too full, and made it ready for Him to reside, transforming my life with a new heart and mind, knowing that He would always be at my side.

He showed me what I had done, the ways I had gone astray, going across the grain of His plan was the reason I'd failed in every way.

Now my life had a new direction, His plan and mine became one, and now before me shone a brand new beginning, full of joys and blessings to come.

The best one of all God saved til the last, to make my secret dream come true - for when I was ready, He gave me the greatest gift; when I met and fell in love with you.

Now we are like double needles, stitching such lovely patterns in the fabric of our lives each day, and each days pattern is more lovely than the last, for God is the power in all we do and say.

All the stitches have one purpose, the patterns are all one theme even though each day it is brand new, for every pattern is a picture of love, yours for me and mine for you.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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