I recently bought myself a "Brother" brand sewing machine to replace my old one. It wasn't top of the line, however, it was above average on all the reviews. So, to greater utilize my machine, I wanted to do something besides just quilting. Thus, I have started a love affair with "refashioning."
"Refashioning" is a term used when you take a piece of clothing or material that is used or worn, or just not wanted anymore, to make it into something new. Most of the used items have been bought at thrift stores and have turned out beautifully!
As I was browsing through some websites that have been dedicated to refashioning, it became clear to me that there is a spiritual lesson to be learned in all of this. How many times have we been judged for past actions and "thrown out" just because people saw what we were and not what we could become? Or, maybe, something we have said or done was used against us? Or, opportunities were taken away from us because we made a mistake or goofed up and it was never forgiven? I'm sure all of us have felt this way at one time or another.
If we look in the Bible, there were several examples of people who made mistakes (big ones!), yet, God saw beyond what human eyes saw and used them in mighty ways! King David, for instance, was an adulterer who had the object of his affection's husband killed in battle so he could have his wife. Yet, the word of God says he was "a man after God's own heart." Peter, the apostle, denied Jesus three times, but he still preached a powerful message on the day of Pentecost! Paul, before he was converted, killed Christians all in the name of "religion." He wrote thirteen books in the New Testament! The Lord saw beyond what they were to who they could be!!! I guess this was a sort of "refashioning," if you will!
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
So, the next time you see someone who may not fit your "mold" of a perfect person, remember, God can use that person. He loves them just as much as he loves us and has a greater purpose for their life! Now, it's off to sewing I go!