How to Knit a Relationship with God for Dummies?

Basic needs: a knitting pattern; knitting needles; a ball of yarn.

Skill level: Easy but requires lots of practice and patience.

Knitting Pattern: It is like God’s instruction plan for you. All you need to do is to obey and follow each and every single detail to achieve a perfect piece.

Knitting Needles: They are used to help you to build your piece up, you can’t work without them. Just like our lives need God, families, friends and circumstances to help us to grow.

Yarn: It is made with many different colors, sizes and materials. It requires a pattern and needles to work together to make something unique. Yarn will become a sweater, glove or scarf. But yarn without a pattern and needles is just called yarn. We are like yarn made with many different colors and sizes. Each one of us is unique. Our life is like yarn in that it needs a pattern and needles to work. The end results are different and unique.

Directions

1) Follow the pattern and start by casting on the required number of stitches on the needles. Begin to work on your piece with the needles and be careful to follow the instruction.

2) When you make a mistake, you have two choices – ignore it or rip it. If you choose to ignore it, your piece will come out imperfect. And you will make the same mistake again and never learn the right way of doing it. Knitting requires ripping. If you choose to rip it, the mistake that you have made will disappear and give you a chance to learn the right way and prevent you from making the same mistake again. You will feel frustrated when you choose to rip, because you will feel like you need to start all over again. But remember, at the end your piece will be perfect and all your hard work will be worth it.

Our sins are like the mistakes we make during knitting. We can choose to ignore our sins, and we will carry our sins in our live and repeat them forever. But if we choose to rip our sins, God will help us erase them and teach us His righteous ways. During the process of ripping our sins, it is painful and not so easy. It might take some time to learn His righteous ways. If we fail and make mistakes again, we just have to keep ripping. God has patience with us as long as we choose to rip and not ignore it. He will always there for us and make us whole again.

3) When you are knitting, sometimes you don’t even know you are making mistakes. After a while, someone will tell you where you have done wrong and you will have to rip the piece up. Isn’t it just like our sins? Most of the times, we don’t even know we have sinned. God might reveal our sins to us or He will send someone in our life to point them out to us. What is your response to God? Do you handle it well when someone critiques you? Do you humbly acknowledge your sins and start ripping? Or do you get angry when someone tells you you were wrong?

4) Knitting requires lots of time, focus, practice and patience. Our relationship with God also requires of the same things. How much time do you spend with God this week? What can you do to help you focus on God? Ripping is a process of Holiness. Are you willing to practice ripping? God is love and has all the patience with us. Will you choose to come to Him and learn to obey his instructions? Will you choose God as your knitting needles and learn to hold on to Him? Will you choose God to rip and mold you in your life?

Finishing

If you obey fully to his knitting pattern for you, one day you will become His perfect and unique piece. And you will experience his joy and peace in your heart. Let’s make a goal to pursue his Holiness and wait for God saying, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’

Happy Knitting!

Psalm 139: 13-14

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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