Though my mother held no college degree, she was an amazing teacher. At a very young age, I became enthralled by her ability at the sewing machine. So, little by little, she began instructing me in the craft of sewing. As genetics would have it, Mom and I were both sticklers for detail, so were a good match as teacher and student. I learned to pay attention to every notch and marking and to follow the pattern guide precisely. Most important however, was preparation and layout of the patterns, in order to have the best possible foundation for my creation. In addition to that – pin, pin, pin and pin some more – in order to hold my project together until it was permanently stitched.
But the greatest thing she did as teacher was to trust me completely. She would make sure I had everything going in the right direction and before walking away, she would always add, “You can do it!” She did not stay and hover over me. Instead she went back to the work she was engaged in. I remember at times being somewhat fearful at her leaving, but I also remember feeling empowered. I truly believed that if she trusted me enough to leave, she must also believe I could handle the challenge. My mother did well in teaching me a powerful principle. She trusted me and I trusted her, and followed all her instructions, knowing that I could still call on her at any moment and she would be there.
Scripture also teaches us a powerful principle. God will not allow anything to come into our lives that we are not capable of withstanding.
1 Corinthians 10:13 in the NKJV reads, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” Just as one can be tempted to sin, one can also be tempted to doubt God’s sovereignty.
When I became gravely ill several years ago, there were times at first I questioned whether or not I was able to handle such an enormous challenge. But I remember specifically the day I was reminiscing about what my mother had taught me as a young seamstress. And something clicked in my head. Immediately I became empowered and oddly enough, almost excited when I stopped to realize that God must trust me completely to allow me to bear such a difficult burden. Thankfully, I had spent years “in training”, so I had an excellent foundation laid and was fully prepared with all the directions and instructions I could possibly need. And I learned to pray, pray, pray and pray some more, as prayer was a necessity in holding it all together in those days. I simply trusted and obeyed.
Doubt is destructive. God knows this and wants for us to know it too. Philippians 4:13 declares, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” I would not be the seamstress I am today, if I had doubted my mother. Likewise, I would not be the believer I am today, if I had doubted God.