Jianne has been asking me to fix her favorite teddy bear for months now. “Beary” needs some stitching at the back of the head and the leg. Finally, she caught me this morning on a very light schedule, just watching a video online and asked if I could “needle” (meaning to sew) Beary.
So I took out my sewing kit and wore my reading glasses, my eyesight is getting poorer as I age 😦 She made sure I was going to use the correct thread color on her teddy. As I prepared for the “operation”, she gave Beary a quick hug and said, “It’s okay Beary. It’s going to hurt for a while but I will be here. I will hold your hand. Mama will fix just fix you up.”
Awww! What a sweet girl! Are you sure you’re my daughter? 🙂 Anyway, Beary’s ordeal was done in about 5 to 10 minutes because he had one hole in the head and one on his foot.
A thought came to mind while I was sewing Beary. I somehow compared Beary’s surgery to our own emotional and spiritual surgery. As we go continue to follow our Lord Jesus, we get hurt as walk the narrow path. We get emotional bruises, scratches, scrapes, bleeding wounds and even concussions. Why do we get hurt? Because we are by nature sinful, the old self comes to the surface once in a while and we not only end up hurting ourselves we also unintentionally hurt the ones we love. In time, the Lord in his great love for us would reveal to us our sin and calls us to repent and seek His forgiveness.
There are also times when God is pruning and shaping our character, and that process too is painful. He gets rid of the filth that is in our heart. He uproots the pride, selfishness, envy and other sinful habits that has engulfed our being for the longest time. Being molded to the person He wants us to be is not in any way fun. We question Him. We fight Him. But if we stop fighting it and swallow our pride and allow Him to take control then His purpose in our life will slowly unfold.
One good thing I get from all of this is that He has allowed ALL these things to happen because He knows we can surpass it all with Him walking alongside us in this journey. We just need to trust our heart surgeon. He will always “needle” us back!
Jianne was so happy to see that tears in Beary’s body were fixed. She hugged him again and thanked Dr. Mama for the surgery.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28