In our living room, we have these large windows that cover almost an entire wall. Hanging above these windows are curtains that span from the ceiling to the floor. It has been the perfect hiding place for many hide-and-seek games … at least, my children think so. Of course, the seeker knows how easy it is to find hiders when tiny, little feet are sticking out from the bottom of the curtains. As you can imagine, these curtains have taken a beating. The hems, which I labored so diligently at, have come undone. For a sewing machine-challenged individual, fixing those hems was not at the top of my to-do list. When I had set out to fix those curtains, I got about halfway through the project, and the needle on my sewing machine broke. With no immediate needle replacement, the sewing had to wait and wait and wait. I have the new needle now, but there it sits in the unopened package. Other things have taken priority, and like the dents and crayon marks on the walls, I hardly notice these curtains anymore. Another task to add to my list of unfinished projects.
At times, I feel like my curtain panels. An unfinished project that has been forgotten, wondering if there will be a day when I am complete. Yesterday was one of those days. It wasn’t a horrible day, but I got hung up over something that was very minor; though at the time, it felt major. It was an issue of control. I wanted things my way, and I didn’t get it. Like I child, I complained against God. I wanted control, but God wanted to show me all things were in His hands. The control was over something small; it was about the order of my day. Surely, God could give that to me, I thought. The big things I could hand over to God, but these small, everyday things I wanted to keep for myself. It is a familiar story for me, a struggle I have over and over, that I began to feel like I will never be finished.
Before going to bed, my husband reminded me, “You know that He’s still working on you.” Such a simple statement flooded my soul with peace. Yes, I am unfinished, but the One who is working on me will not fail to complete me. He has not set me aside to work on others, more worthy of His care and attention. He is still at work in me! He is still at work in all of us!
What a promise The Lord has given His children in this amazing verse!
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)
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