Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Knit One...Pearl Too

There is little that one strand of yarn or thread can do
You can mend, You can darn, You can connect pieces together
When a person knits...which I do not
A person needs more than one piece of yarn...
You need a ball of yarn, knitting needles, your hands,
 knowledge, technique, and time.
And that is the depth of my knowledge...
which I observed in a youtube video.

Although I know little about knitting a hat, scarf or blanket
I have been steeped in the art of knitting relationships

Just like knitting with yarn
knitting relationships takes a little time and effort  

Time is something that I have had plenty of lately

My personal technique for knitting relationships
historically has been...
definitely not precise
admittedly hard
my history is one of observer, not initiator
I am on the shy, protect myself side
relationships have always been slow in developing
but once they were, they were deeply rooted

In my new place
from the beginning
I have felt the Holy Spirit prompt me
to move faster
than I am personally comfortable with
when it comes to relationships.

I can't explain why
But I am trying hard to listen
and to step out of my personal pattern 
and into the pattern that is modeled by our Savior

When Jesus was here with us
He did not live alone
there was a group of men 
those He would 
live with
serve with
eat with
sleep with
walk with
talk with 
laugh with
cry with 
simply...share life with
He gave us all an example
of what being knitted together looks like.

I love how the Gospels in very short order
tells us that He just called out to these men
and invited them to join Him. 
That as they walked the roads together
their personalities began to emerge.
They learned to live in community together quickly.

Jesus knew that His time here would not be long
so He made every minute count
He knit himself to others quickly

I do not know how long I will be here
but I need to live like it is not long

My turtle like personality

sticking my head out of my shell
to make sure it is safe
that must be set aside
I must willingly be knit to others
where I am

Let me just tell you
it is super difficult to knit hearts to hearts
when I am more concerned about
my safety and security 
above anything else 

On the other hand...
precious relationships take time
like the formation of a natural pearl

one grain of sand floating in an ocean
does not  a pearl make.
It can take years to cultivate
in particular conditions

There is a balance to maintain in life
pearl making

My heart needs both

I need to be knitted to others,
for companionship and community
for this is where everyday life is

I need to be cultivating "pearl" friends as well,
for the long life-time walk of faith

I need to understand
 that not everyone
that I am knitted to
will become a pearl,
and that is just fine.
Some people in my life are gifted to me
by My Savior for just a season.

I need to understand
that "pearl" friends may not always be knitted
to my current life.
They are those in my life that
no matter what the time and distance...
when we are together we pick up right where we left off...
sharpening one another,
doctoring each others wounds from the battles we have been in,
laughing and crying together
as we share where the Lord has had us while we were apart.

Right now
I am knitting and pearl making
who knew,
certainly not I,
that knitting could happen so quickly
that I could feel so comfy, cozy and secure so fast.
who knew,
certainly not I,
 that I would be adding to my strand of pearls

I can hardly wait to see how this all turns out
my knitted blankie

and my elongated strand of pearls

One, I can already see what the outcome is looking like
The other, I will see unfold over time

There are two places in the New Testament
that the Apostle Paul speaks about the importance
of being knitted or joined together with others

Ephesians 4:15-16
Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 Rather, let our lives lovingly [a]express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

Colossians 2:2-3
Amplified Bible (AMP)
[For my concern is] that their hearts may be [a]braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively [b]more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).
In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom ([c]comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.

I really like Smith's Bible Dictionaries definition of Pearl...
Pearl [N] [E]
(Heb. gabish ). The Hebrew word in ( Job 28:18 ) probably means "crystal." Pearls, however are frequently mentioned in the New Testament, ( Matthew 13:45 ; 1 Timothy 2:9 ; Revelation 17:4 ; 21:21 ) and were considered by the ancients among the most precious of gems, and were highly esteemed as ornaments. The kingdom of heaven is compared to a "pearl of great price." In ( Matthew 7:6 ) pearls are used metaphorically for anything of value, or perhaps more especially for "wise sayings." (The finest specimens of the pearl are yielded by the pearl oyster (Avicula margaritifera ), still found in abundance in the Persian Gulf and near the coasts of Ceylon, Java and Sumatra. The oysters grow in clusters on rocks in deep water, and the pearl is found inside the shell, and is the result of a diseased secretion caused by the introduction of foreign bodies, as sand, etc., between the mantle and the shell. They are obtained by divers trained to the business. March or April is the time for pearl fishing. A single shell sometimes yields eight to twelve pearls. The size of a good Oriental pearl varies from that of a pea to about three times that size. A handsome necklace of pearls the size of peas is worth $15,000. Pearls have been valued as high as $200,000 or $300,000 apiece.--ED.)




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