I was thinking this morning of the little bear that I crocheted for my youngest granddaughter for Christmas this time, and it was funny to think how it came about, for to do it correctly I had neither the inclination not the time.
For the directions called for a yarn I did not have, and a hook that was the one size I did not own, so I knew from the start that this bear would be an original, the only one, standing alone.
I found the softest yarn, light as a baby's touch and the color was the lightest of tans - leftovers you see, and the hook I used meant the bear would be smaller than planned, but I was determined to create it, so see how it would be.
I worked and created each little piece of the bear, the body, head, arms and legs soon were there, and stuffed with the softest of stuffing to make him plump and round, I just needed to sew him together to see if it worked, and there was a bear to be found.
With needle and more yarn I stitched all the parts together, making them secure and tight, and when I was done, this bear was such a pleasing sight.
There was one touch that was needed to make him complete, for he had no eyes nor a nose with which to sniff, and no mouth to smile, that would make him a wonderful gift - but with a bit of embroidery thread this was done, and the bear was smiling at me, pleased with what I had done.
It reminded me of myself before I met you - I was trying to make my life work, even though I didn't know what to do - I was working with no pattern, had no goal to reach in my mind, so I floundered around making a mess of the worst kind.
And just when things were in a tangle I could not unwind, I reached out in desperation, not sure what I would find - and the funny thing was I wasn't the one who found Jesus that day, He'd been right there waiting for the whispered word He knew I would say.
And even though I'd been using all the wrong things to try and make my life have a purpose, to give my spirit wings; it took Jesus' touch to make things right, He took all my errors and swept them right out of sight.
He gave me a new heart, one that would always seek Him, and filled it with His love and peace that would never grow dim. and when the transformation was complete, God smiled when it was done, for in me He'd created another original, He was the prize, but I was the one who had won!
Once I knew Jesus, my life took a quite different turn, and my life followed His, I wanted only to learn; I read His word, kept Him in sight, went after Him every day, knowing that He would get me thru any trouble that came my way; and all along He showered me with blessings galore, so many that I don't think I could have held more.
But, oh, He had one more gift planned just for me, for He knew that sharing my love was how I was meant to be; and at just the right moment God brought into view, the love that would be mine, for that's when I met you!
I thank God every day for rescuing me, for giving me a brand new start, for giving me all the wonder and beauty that fills my heart; for the freshness of love that each day He renews, for cherishing me so much that He gave me you.