Crochet Project Making Things Again

I can’t remember now where I read it, but somewhere in the dim past I remember reading either a disparaging comment or outright condemnation of decorative needlework as an ungodly waste of time.

I thought I might find it buried somewhere online, but a search for “condemnation of needlework” yielded mostly “how-tos” and a couple of discussions of the value of hobbies.

Finding one contemporary site with the heading “Needlework a waste of time,” but I didn’t bother to read it.

At the time that I read the original comment, I thought, “I beg to disagree,” and I remember thinking that this naysayer would probably fault God for creating so many unnecessary flowers and butterflies. Any activity or interest that we fail to keep in its proper place can become an idol, but I am convinced that the human penchant for making things, both beautiful and utilitarian, is one of the ways that we reflect the image of God in us.

Scriptures that throw some light on this are Colossians 3:17 and I Corinthians 10:31.

 Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” First Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Detour Through Grief

It seems clear from these that attitude is everything.

Yes, I enjoy the praise of other people who may admire my work, but I engage in this activity with gratitude for being allowed to do it, with pleasure in the activity itself, and I always lace my work with prayer for the person who will be receiving it, whether known or unknown.

I’ve written about this before, but I suppose it is on my mind again because I just finished a big crochet project, making an afghan for grandson Joshua who just graduated from high school.

I hope it keeps him warm on chilly nights, and that it is a reminder that his grandma loves him.

I trust too, in some mysterious way that I don’t understand, that as he uses it, God will remember the prayers I prayed for Joshua while I worked, and will be at work in Joshua’s life.

 

Crochet Project Making Things Again

To Create

The impetus to make is strong

To transform a skein of yarn

Into lacy pattern

To unlock the promise of rough wood

And find there a shining vessel

To fashion clay

Into face or form

To bring plain canvas alive

With color

To seize notes from silence

And gladden a heart with song

The impetus to make is strong.

–Rhonda Brown

If you would like to watch the podcast about this subject with John & Rhonda.

*My early poem is available in the archives of the Utmost Christian Writers poetry contest.

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