Patterns

Do you use patterns? I use them all the time. I use them when I make dresses, skirts, or blouses. It is one of the most important factors when sewing because it is keeps everything aligned, cut to the same length, and it makes sure that the fabric will not be wasted. When I play musical instruments, I notice that there are patterns. The most basic is the “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti” pattern which repeats itself over and over again. Of course, there are other ones; chords, arpeggios, runs, etc.—these make the music interesting to hear.

Where else can we see patterns? The King James Bible 1611 has God-inspired patterns also. Take a look into the book of Psalms and you’ll easily find at least one. There are more throughout the Scriptures; seek, and ye shall find. 🙂

What else? Have you looked at people? Don’t you think they are patterns? The only thing is that sometimes there are broken patterns, wasted patterns, good patterns, and beautiful patterns. If the fabric were to choose which pattern it would use, what would it be? If we were to choose the pattern we would follow, who would it be?

Broken and wasted patterns

There have been times when I sew that I tried to use a pattern that had been somehow torn or crumpled. However, when I would cut it, the lines would not be straight neither would it be the exact measurement I wanted it to be. Since the outcome was not very satisfactory to me, I would have to think of a creative way make it do so I could use it.

People are patterns; it just depends on what kind of pattern they are to one another. The broken patterns are the ones who would do just about anything they want with no limits and having not a care in the world for the consequences. Some of them you’ll see outright; others are subtle but just as broken as the other. The wasted patterns are those who started right but sadly, ended up just like the former pattern. These are the patterns unable to make the lives of others another good pattern for generations to follow. A word of counsel: the fabric cut with the wrong pattern can still be remedied, but the life that follows broken and wasted patterns will never be resolved, unless it seeks for God’s mercy and grace.

Good and beautiful patterns

There were also times when I would rip up the seams of a perfectly beautiful dress only because it did not fit me anymore. Besides, I ripped them up in order to make them patterns for other dresses that would suit me better. And there were times when I would overlap good patterns and observe that the results were of good quality.

Do you know of a person that would make a wonderful pattern? I know several people to whom I can look on for an example. They love the Lord and desire to serve Him, striving to be a pattern of good works to the brethren. Whenever I see these patterns, it makes me want to keep on their example and make my life another beautiful pattern for others to follow.

We don’t necessarily have to rip up a person to make them our pattern. I think you know what I mean. 🙂 Just look into their lives and see how they allow God to work on them. And we don’t have to follow just one; overlapping them or bringing them together to make one beautiful pattern may work. If you follow only one pattern, there may come a time that they would break and be wasted. However, if the one pattern that you are following is the only good one, then I guess you may emulate their pattern. Just remember, the Holy Spirit must be your guide in choosing your patterns; follow them only if they follow God’s Word.

“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works…”—Titus 2:7

“I won’t be young forever!”

I’ve seen children dreaming of grand birthday parties, and I’m sure you’ve seen them too. Little lasses fancy princess themed parties, with tiaras, gowns, and glittering slippers. Little lads imagine that they’re one of the Marvel heroes, Lightning McQueen, or a soldier in the Army, Air Force, or Navy. With chocolate cake and bright balloons, with jolly games and wonderful gifts, they will consider it complete.

I’ve seen wives and mothers past the age of forty, trying to look younger than they are, and I’m sure you’ve seen them too. Their faces have fine lines that tell of the times that they worried for their husbands and their children. Their hands declare how much work she has done, scrubbing soiled clothes, cutting up vegetables, smoothing a feverish forehead, etc. Her hair, which her children have brushed, smoothed, or played with, will become streaked with gray. If you look at them, you will see how much they have cared for their families.

And they remind me that I won’t be young forever! I will become an aged woman when the time comes. In Titus 2, aged women are to teach the young women ‘to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, obedient to their own husbands’. That’s not a very long list of lessons, but it will cover a lot of practical things in life that will be manifested by spiritual things. Not all aged women are qualified to teach these things, because during their younger days, they had not been sober, loving, discreet, chaste, and keepers at home. But thanks be to God, there are also the aged women who can be teachers of these ‘good things’. They are the ones whose behavior is ‘as becometh to holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine’. They are to teach these to the young women ‘that the word of God be not blasphemed’.

As a young woman, there are a lot of things that I need to know. First, I must learn to be sober. Being sober, or serious, in life is a hard thing to do. If not for the wisdom that comes from God and his word, everything I do might have been just going along with the flow of the world. I also need to learn to love my husband and my children. I don’t have a husband now (there will come a day for that) and I certainly don’t have children, so this is where the example of the aged women steps in, and I study from them. Besides this, I must learn to be discreet and chaste. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find a good example in this regard. To be a keeper at home, my mother is my teacher. And to be obedient and submissive to my own husband, I obey my father. All these I need to learn so that the word of God will not be blasphemed, and that I would be ready to teach when the time comes.

Many have told me, “You’re young and talented. Take a chance and show the world what you have. Have fun; you’re still young, and you won’t be young forever.”

‘tis true. I won’t be young forever. Some may say I have talent, but it’s not mine. It belongs to the God who made me. And because it is His, all I do should be for Him alone.

Besides, I have my fun. 🙂 I have fun washing dishes and hanging laundry. I have fun cutting and sewing up dresses. I have fun caring for my siblings and changing diapers. I have fun trying to bake with little sisters wanting to ‘help’. I have fun teaching ABC’s and checking schoolwork. Some may call it work, and I guess it is work, but it’s wonderful to know that these little things that I do is actually fun when I serve

Jesus, and Others, and You

—What a wonderful way to spell JOY!”

18, 19, 20, 21,—25, —–31,——38,——45,——52……

Time flies. I might as well prepare myself to teach younger women…with a happy face and a joyous heart. 🙂