just stay calm
The other day I felt like I had gotten through a good number of things on my list. I felt like I was actually ahead on a few things. I felt like I could take a breath. So I did.
I pulled out the diamonds that I'm basting to put together the mother of English paper piecing projects. (Over 1700 diamonds!) I happily stitched and enjoyed the colors and imagined them all going together. It was a calm and pleasant evening.
Then the next day came.
Suddenly I realized that all those things I thought were done or progressing nicely were, in fact, barely the tip of the iceberg. How had I forgotten about this deadline or that? I wasn't ahead...I was simply further behind than I first thought.
I headed for meltdown.
But I thought about a conversation I had just the day before. I joked (in all seriousness) about the times that I curl up in a ball crying over this work that I love so much. The person, whom I had never even met, told me that it was good that I have a foundation that gets me through those stressful times.
She was right. And it was just what I needed to hear.
Thinking further on this, I remembered a verse that someone requested I make into an embroidery pattern. I looked it up in several translations of the Bible and was especially affirmed by these words: "The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm." (Exodus 14:14)
I sketched the words.
I pictured the "keep calm and carry on" posters, but of course, God's Word provides a reason for the calm. I can't say that the work is progressing, which would eliminate these feelings. I can't say that all meltdowns are gone. But I'm straining forward.
And you know what? I'm glad I paused to work on those diamonds. They were a moment of calm that I needed.
Friends (I can call you that, right?), life isn't all cute things with happy faces. I think it's important to acknowledge that, while embracing hope, playing with craft supplies, and trusting that the Lord himself will fight for you.
By Mollie Johanson at Thursday, February 27, 2014