Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.
If you have been working knit or crochet projects for any time at all, you are familiar with the term WIP. It stands for “Work In Progress”. In my home I have several closets which have become hide-aways for various WIP projects.
I place this projects in these hide-away places when I find an error in my work that I do not wish to address; or I have become bored with the direction the pattern is going. Sometimes I do so because I have found a project that I think is more interesting. In other words, I am not satisfied with the project.
It’s not only the projects that get hidden away. I am learning that I, too, tend to hide. It could be because I feel I have been wronged, or that I have done wrong. It could be that I don’t feel worthy or that I want something different. I want what someone else has, whether it is a physical object or a perceived emotional state; either way I am comparing myself to others. I am not satisfied with who I am. I am hiding because, in my mind, I am incomplete.
The truth is, I am incomplete. I am a work in progress. Hiding away doesn’t change that. Staying out in the open doesn’t change it either. I am God’s Masterpiece, unfinished, stitched more each day (Ephesians 2:10)!
I may try hiding, yet unlike the projects I toss in the closet and forget they are there, God knows where I am and continues to work on me. He reminds me not to seek the approval of those around me or to conform to others. I will never be satisfied because there will always be someone who will find a fault or disagreement with me. He is stitching me with a fresh newness so that I may be satisfied in Him.
God continues to work on the project that is me. He hasn’t given up on me and tossed me aside. Even with what I consider flaws in my pattern, He sees them as design enhancements. He continues to weave Himself through the stitches each day with a fresh newness.
It’s time to step into the light, unfinished, yet in progress, until completion. My satisfaction is in Him.