A bit about knitting
Before we get into the analogy we need to know a bit about knitting if you aren't familiar with terms. Knitting, in a general sense, is a piece worked with one piece of yarn stitched ( hooked) over itself over and over in a variety of ways. Most common stitches are: knit (new stitch added from the back of the loop) and purl (new stitch added from the front of the loop). You can knit or purl stitches together (k2t, p2t) for design or strength to the piece. You can also Slip a stitch over another loop and only that loop stays on the needle, leaving it as one stitch. We typically know how many stitches we are to have in a section of our needles, as you knit there are stitches that fall off your needle, from time to time and we say that we, "dropped a stitch somewhere" and go searching for it when our count is off. If stitches are decreased through knitting or purling together or slipping a stitch, new stitches have to be added back in to keep the number of stitches right. For the purposes of this blog piece that's all the further we are going, this isn't a knitting lesson.
The Word in Colossians 2:2 tells us that our hearts are to be comforted, being knit together in love. I guess I see our church body (local or globally) as that piece that is being worked. God is knitting with His infinite yarn of love, perhaps we are the stitches, not just a stitch once but multiple times being knit in as HE uses us.
At some point in the piece we were knit in or purled in, really doesn't matter - both are essential to the beauty of the piece. There are times when we are knit together 2-6 of us experience something together that binds our hearts and we are all put into one stitch. A triumph or a tragedy, both add a detail to His piece He is working. These k2t or p2t then decrease the overall number of stitches in the piece, but God blesses that experience or grants mercy and grace and with that HE adds new stitches behind us to balance the piece again. Perhaps others are used in His work or souls turn to Him, all these are new stitches.
There are other times, for many reasons where a stitch comes off the needle. Perhaps out of our rebellion or spiritual carelessness, could be many things, we don't end up on the needle. That particular stitch that was ours is dropped. What happens to the piece? Does it go on into more beautiful rows? no sign of the dropped stitch? no, there is a whole where that stitch is to be.
|I placed a stitch holder on the dropped stitch.|
When we are knit together in love we are comforted, aren't we? We feel the love, and care of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. All of us together make a beautiful tapestry that The Father takes pleasure in every time He look at that piece of work. He will continue to show grace and mercy, we continue to be pliable and usable, that He can twist us, knit us, purl us, knit 2 or a handful of us together, decrease the stitch number and add...
As I sit and knit a blanket for my granddaughter, these are the thoughts that came... ramblings in my brain.... I'm sure there are theological holes, a theologian i am not... just knittin' and thinkin' ...maybe they blessed you too.