02 August 2015

Sermons in Sewing

"Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you're to be."  --2 Thessalonians 1:2

Years ago I purchased this outfit that captured my ideal for its dress-up dress-down versatility. However, there was one area of it that I did not like the fit. The fabric, the cut, the vision-- all were perfect but for this one point of imperfection. Yet, I kept this dream in my wardrobe. Packed it across the country, through a broken relationship, into several new seasons; without wearing it. I always saw the dream. I imagined that one day I would deconstruct it, cut a new pattern for other cloth, reconstruct it into something else. But yesterday came.
Yesterday, I tried on the dream to see if what I had imagined to be ill-fitting remained. It did. However, as I lingered in the mirror admiring the fabric and construction, I realized that by undoing two seams, just a third of the way, might cause the garment to fit and flare the way I imagined when I first purchased it. After all these years, I realized that the dream was real, I just needed to alter it to fit my reality. With a few snips in the seams and hand stitching a new stop, the outfit fit perfectly and flowed as I imagined all those years ago when I purchased it.
God's word and will for someone today is this-- your dream may not need to be discarded. Take another look at it. Linger in the mirror of faith and see where the tension lies and how to alter it by hand to make it uniquely and functionally yours. Somebody's dreams have been packed and stored for years. The vision, the fabric, and the dream are perfect foundations indeed for what is to be realized. Pull it out. Try it on, again. See what minor alterations you can make to make your dreams live!

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) -- Act II, Scene 1, The Forest of Arden
Sweet are the uses of adversity,  
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, 
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;  
And this our life, exempt from human haunt, 
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,  
Sermons in stones, and good in everything. 
I would not change it.

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