Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trust the Process; A Spiritual Lesson in Sewing

There is a mug a Barnes and Noble that I have seen on several occasions but I haven't bought it...yet. The only extraordinary thing about the mug is three little words that appear in white letters: Trust The Process.

I actually think about those three words quite often. Last night, decided to get started on the shopping cart seat cover I am sewing for Becca. I bought it in one of those little kits you can get at the fabric store. It came with two pieces of fabric, a length of elastic, and instructions. So I'm thinking, "How hard can this be?" HA!

In reality it's a really simply constructed item.  The problem is I can't quite envision how or why the instructions come together. I've read over them several times and I just can't quite seem to wrap my brain around why I have to do things in the order they are given. Isn't there an easier way? I have done this with every pattern or sewing project I have ever taken on and usually it ends up with lots of ripped out seams and frustration.

This time while I was working those three little words popped into my head: Trust The Process. So I stopped trying to look long term and decided to work on one instruction at a time. It's taking me a bit longer but I haven't had to rip things out because I thought I could take a short cut or that my way made more sense.

As I was thinking about all of this and Proverbs 3:4-7 came into my head;

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

This is a struggle for me not only in sewing but in daily life. Don't get me wrong I really, really want to trust in God and follow Him but somehow my brain jumps ahead to the end and I see shortcuts and ways that seem to make more sense. Just like in sewing when I try to do it my way I end up with a lot of ripped out seams, frustration, and things that just turn out plain ugly. 

Today I will try again to slow down and trust the process. He has a plan and lessons for me along the way as long as I trust in Him with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.