My favorite past times include knitting, baking, and quilting. At the moment I am working on a blanket made from patches or pieces of fabric, called an English paper quilt. The most common pattern is called “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.” My quilt looks more like a crazy quilt though, as I was challenged not to make a pattern with my fabric pieces.
I love this quilt. It reminds me of the way that God brings His children together. Each piece has been intricately sewn to the piece next to it, the stitch-work is what keeps each piece connected to the others. While each piece may seem simple, when it is paired with the next piece the beauty of the fabric is enhanced. So too, with the people God brings into our life.
We are to live this life with others; we were not created to be “lone rangers” riding the trails by ourselves. We were meant to be in community. Scripture makes that clear in Acts 2 when the “new covenant” church begins to live in earnest. Each member of the Acts 2 community played a part in the lives of those around them. Each person encouraged, supported, and blessed those around them.
I now live far from the people who have poured into my life so faithfully. It is hard to remember that I cannot meet them for coffee on a whim, or visit with them for hours on their back deck. My relationship with them needs to be more intentional now. Yet, I know that miles and miles cannot sever the life I have lived with them. My memories, the laugh lines I have, the laughter that has spilled out from our hearts and mouths over the years isn’t gone just because the distance has increased.
God has drawn me together with them with a Heavenly stitch-work that cannot be undone. I am blessed so deeply because I have been connected to them.
Who have you been stitched to in life? How are you working to keep the threads tight? Are they threadbare? Do you need to work to repair any loose threads? Make an effort, don’t let time, distance, or events keep you from being connected to them.
We are called to community. Don’t be a lone ranger.