Many ladies are gifted in making cross stitch patterns into a work of art. I observed an elderly lady busily stitching away on a project. She remarked, “I love doing this particular pattern”. I quizzed her as to why she was working on such a complicated project. “This is my squares for Jesus picture”, she stated.
Needless to say, my curiosity was peeked. I knew that having the reputation of a square was not usually acceptable to others. She explained why she identified this particular stitching project in this way. She pointed out this needlework pattern was divided into squares each having its own unique picture. The first square reminded her of the time when she first realized the beauty of Christ could be a part of her existence every day.
As she meticulously completed each section, she contemplated the various squares stating that each one represented an important phase of her life. She reflected on each square individually and stated she had made it through all the phases with God’s help.
The symbolism of the picture penetrated her thoughts as she realized the hand of God had been at work in her life: designing, stitching, perfecting every area, some positive and some negative. Even though the underside of the picture had many knots and flaws from the use of many colors of threads and various types of stitches, the top side had become a great masterpiece.
Even though I am not physically making a needlework art, I was so moved by my conversation with her. Every phase of my life is creating its own pattern in a square of God’s masterpiece. I want every phase of my life to reflect God’s love and concern for me. I have had many “knots” and “flaws” along the way but hopefully with God’s help I am creating that perfect masterpiece. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10Ephesians 2:10
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.
I decided at that point that I, too, want to be a “square” for Jesus!