I’ve never gotten into sewing. I can sew on an odd button or two, but full stitches by hand or on a machine, I’ve yet to do. I can crochet, and knit a chain, but not so much sewing. I do know that in sewing a thread is run through pieces of fabric to make a completed work. Without the thread, you just have scraps.
I love the parallel of this to the Christmas story or, more accurately, the entirety of Jesus’ life here on Earth. God’s plan is so much like the thread. At times it runs across the fabric of our lives like a quilt, ornate and obviously part of our design. Other times, many times, he is the stitch of a hem, or seam. Tucked away, seemingly out of sight, but still there. He is always there.
Christ is a testament to this wonderful, all-reaching plan. His life, while outside of Christianity, seems confusing and nonsensical, we know it was and is part of God’s plan. Earlier today, Dustin W. Benge the provost and professor at Union School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales tweeted the following:
“Jesus’ birth is meaningless without His sinless life.
His sinless life is meaningless without His cross.
His cross is meaningless without His resurrection.
With Jesus, it is all or nothing.”
with God, it is all or nothing. His plan sews up all the loose ends. We may not see them right away, but when it is all said and done, there will be no loose ends and no stray threads.
Isaiah 9:6 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”