Following God’s pattern. (Even when it doesn’t make sense)

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I am loving the triangle scarves that I have been seeing lately and I always like trying to tackle a new pattern. I found a simple, pretty pattern from Hopeful Honey and I thought this is the one.

So I immediately went to work and noticed that my triangle was becoming lop-sided. I ripped it out and started again. The more rows I finished I again noticed that my stitches were becoming crooked. Ugh!

Ripped the stitches out. Again.

Try again a third time and still my stitches are creating a weird wave to the long end of my triangle.

I had been “following the pattern” but adding some different stitches here and there to each end trying to correct the authors “mistakes”. Well, that wasn’t working it was only making thing worse.

For the final time, I rip out my stitches and start following the exact number of stitches and in the places that I was told to put them.

Then things start happening. The scarf starts looking like what was pictured in the author’s pattern. In my attempts to fix the creators pattern my product was turning out all wonky because I thought I knew better than the author.

I can’t count how many times I have tried to manipulate situations because I thought I knew better than God. Or I sit and complain that God is not listening or isn’t loving because He is not giving me what I want when I want it.

There are many instances in the bible where the protagonist moves ahead of God’s timing only to screw things up in the process. We will never know the original outcome God had intended because men and women thought they knew better. One thing is for sure though. In the stories where they stepped ahead of God’s timing there are painful, lifelong consequences because of it.

One person comes to mind from the bible that hadn’t followed God’s original plan at first but started trusting God more and more a time went on.

Following God's Pattern

Abraham

Abraham and Sarah moved ahead of God’s timing and there were harsh consequences for Hagar and Ishmael. But since Ishmael was still Abraham’s son, his people became a great nation as well, just not the people group that Jesus would come from.

God kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah and gave them Isaac.

When Isaac was a young boy God told Abraham to take Isaac up to a mountain top and sacrifice him there. I won’t get into the whole sacrificing thing because that is a huge topic that I don’t have time to discuss that in this post.

Abraham’s great faith is to be admired. Hebrews 11:19 says that “Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” (NIV)

What incredible faith!! As a parent, I cannot even begin to fathom the faith that it took to walk up onto the mountain with his only son Isaac and attempt to sacrifice him there.

I have heard many times that God can see the whole scope of time on the earth and knows every event that will happen. Even so, He asks us to carry out impossible feats in His power not because he needs to prove to Himself that He can do it.

God wants to use unlikely people for the glory of His name. Abraham was 100 years old for crying out loud when they had Isaac!

I think that faith requires a great amount of humility because we have to rely completely and totally on God to carry out the plans that He has called us to do. In order to do this, we have to humbly admit that we cannot not do anything without the power of God in us.

I am trying to learn to accept God’s pattern for how to live my life even when it doesn’t make sense. I can try to fit God in to the plan that I think is the best way to go or I can learn to humbly accept the mission that He has called me to however trifling that might be. Because in the end, if it is all for the glory of God, that work will never be small.

I feel that if I can rely on God with even the smallest amount of faith that Abraham had then I will learn how to face each and every challenge with peace.

Following God’s pattern through the most difficult circumstances will bring glory to His name. And, in the end, that’s all that really matters.

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