Friday, February 15, 2013
The Core of Love
Psalm 17: 8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Thy wings.”
I love apples, don’t you? Today, so many varieties await our picking.
Crisp, juicy, convenient, satisfying; my favorite, oh, that’s hard to say.
Honey Crisp, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, I love them all. I delight in my apple during the 3rd hour of my work, usually between 10:30 and 11:00. Chomp, chomp, I eat it down to the core.
This month, I learned from a student/friend, how to Cross-stitch. Looking in a box of supplies, encouraged to find a small project to practice on, I did just that. An apple pattern caught my eye and I began to count the squares, thread the needle through and then back to make the cross-stiches.
It’s not as easy as it looks! I’m glad for a good teacher and patience. Many times I threaded the needle back through the same hole to undo what I just did when crosses didn’t seem to match up.
Recount, keep an eye on the right line, follow the pattern; eventually, a familiar form started to appear on the canvas, resembling a red ripe fruit.
In need of a very dark red and a very light red, in addition to the “regular red”, I popped into my local craft store and found the right colors for the highlight and shadowing. As an artist, I am aware that color-shifting hues give any drawing depth. I spent 87 cents. Now, this is a craft I can afford!
It took me three long weeks, working a little less than an hour each school day. Yesterday, I finished it—on Valentine’s Day. I brought it home. I think its future may find me converting it into a refrigerator magnet or a bookmark. We’ll see.
Yes, Valentine’s Day. Alone again this year with my husband and son working out of town. In my need for some comfort, I reached for the Word as I normally do each night before the lights go out. I flipped it open to the Psalms and started reading in Chapter 17. “Keep me as the apple of the eye,” vs. 8 states.
God just sent me a Valentine! Apples look like hearts, don’t you think?
He used an everyday thing in my life, along with His Word, to minister to my heart in a moment I felt lonely, reminding me I am the "apple of His eye." No such thing as coincidence when you are tuned into the Holy Spirit. Sure, I created the cross-stitch, but He provided the pattern. The time to perfect the details takes a committment. I need to ask my self, "Do I want depth, true beauty?" It really wasn’t hard. I wanted to make it look like the drawing; the right image. God provided when I took that step of faith. Going back through the holes of wrong decisions occasionally happens. That is a testimony, and I gained wisdom to teach another. With careful redirection and teaching, I finished well.
Lord, thank you for apples. Thank you for threads of love in your Word that create a picture of Your love in my heart. Cross-stitch…yep it certainly is. Amen.
What promises has God cross-stitched into your heart?