Chapter 180 [Day 378]: Wednesday 31 March
Snippets from the quilting table (presently empty!!)
As I sat down to write this on Tuesday, I wasn’t sure where to look for inspiration.
This last week has been spent finishing the quilt I have mentioned previously as it was a gift for Andrew and Jane Groves’ 25th wedding anniversary which was yesterday, Tuesday (quilt photo at the end!).
Then as I looked closer at my diary, I noticed a theme a few days ago, fear and anxiety. Not mine particularly, although I did have the odd quilt-induced fear!
My friend Starla in South Carolina messaged me asking for prayer as they were expecting to encounter bad thunderstorms and the possibility of tornados that day. Starla is terrified of thunderstorms. She messaged me later that day to say they had just had a few minutes of heavy rain and that was it, so thankfully she was ok.
What scares you? I used to be terrified of the dentist but I’m only a little nervous now. I am however scared of water or rather have the fear of drowning. I know that is a common fear held by many, I’m also not keen on flying. Apart from that I’m not sure I am actually scared of anything. My brain is now listing a few things just to remind me!
Psalm 55 v 22 tells us: Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you, He will never let the righteous fall.
Isaiah 41 v 10: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Fear is often irrational. What we fear probably won’t happen. The daily Bible notes ‘Word for Today’ reflected on this: Fear breeds lack of action. Lack of action breeds lack of experience. Lack of experience ignorance. Ignorance breeds fear.
I read that just as I was thinking about tackling a difficult quilting pattern. It encouraged me to have a go and gain the experience and I am so glad I did.
Anxiety doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrows but today of its strengths (Spurgeon)
That is certainly true. How many times have we worried all day about something happening tomorrow and then it is all fine. As a result we have lost a day we could have enjoyed.
This week is Holy Week, the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Saturday. We think of Jesus’ last week commencing with His triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ending with His resting in the tomb before rising on Easter Day. If anyone would have known fear it would have been Jesus that week culminating on Thursday evening in the Garden of Gethsemane when He asked God to take away what He was about to do. But He said “Your will not mine”. Shouldn’t that make us re-evaluate our fears?
Why not singalong now with Deborah Kerr singing ‘I whistle a happy tune’ from The King and I >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGS029Peq7k
On a lighter note, fear came into our house on Tuesday evening last week. Wesley was washing up and I was in the living room when I heard a moaning, panicky sound coming from the kitchen. My immediate response was “what have you done now?” and as I entered the kitchen, he had his finger under the tap with blood everywhere. He had forgotten he had put a lid from a tin in the soapy water and you can guess the rest! I am sure he couldn’t have made more fuss if he’d cut his head off!!!
After an hour of stopping the bleeding and then it starting again, I took him down to A&E. Two hours later he came home with three steri-strips over the cut and a dressing. All’s well that ends well…
As promised, here is the picture of the quilt.
For the rest of this week, enjoy the new bit of freedom but stay safe.
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