Day 11 - February 26, 2018

Useful Perspective

Psalm 25:4-7

“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.” Psalm 25:4-7

To start a new year, I proposed to learn a new skill, one that could be done sitting, to pass time in a productive manner, to create with purpose and use. So there I sit, trying to crochet, with fluffy yarn and a shiny new needle. My teacher beside me and also the “Easy Steps to Crocheting” booklet. Funny thing is I can’t seem to get the yarn in the right place. I try to do it just as my teacher shows, and he shakes his head—“The yarn should be behind your finger.”

 “But it is!” I say in my head, for a third time and stare at my fingers and the yard behind it…he reaches over and, for the third time, corrects it. I give it a go--it works, I am crocheting! Well, ten little daisy chains anyway, and I take them out to try again; and yet again, “the yarn should be behind your finger.” But it is-or so it looks like it is to me! This is the start of my crocheting every time…each time my teacher resets my yarn and each time I realize it was in the wrong place. Truly when I set it myself, it looks like “the yarn is behind my finger.” And it is not.

So it is with perspective, with something new that feels so strange and looks right, but is not. I just had to work the yarn and my fingers again and again- and finally I am able to start (some of the time) without assistance.

The yarn in our life slips into our hands in ways we do not see; we stare at it with eyes that have done things- only one way. Try something new, change the way we see, open yourself to the possibility that even when we think there is only one way, that it really should be that way, maybe it is not. There may be a view that we do not understand, a different way. In this Lenten season, may we take time to try a new way of seeing, to be willing to give the different a chance; who knows what purpose and use we might find.

God of all purposes and uses, ready us in this Lenten season to see and do in the newness of your grace; grant us strength to question and try and in kindness and mercy bring us to your way.
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