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Jeremiah 29:11

I Tried Again

by Katherine Moser on 10/30/15

I tried again.  Yesterday’s result was okay, but I was expecting a different result- a better result.  You see, I had hope which made me try the dyeing process one last time.

I took the last of my cranberries, and I put them in a pot with just enough water to cover them.  Then, I turned on the heat.  The berries popped and released their beautiful red color while I marveled at the natural beauty before me.  When at last I strained the plant residue from the residual color, I ended up with a bright rosy red paste. 

I took yesterday’s dry skeins of lavender cotton yarn, and I hesitated.  Where had my hope gone?  A little voice in my head was telling me nothing would change.  The yarn would remain the light lavender color.  It was here that I said another prayer.  Can you guess what I asked for?  I asked for perseverance.  “Thank you, Father, for helping me to go this far; please, God, help me to try this one last time.”

In went the skeins.  I added some boiling water to the mixture of color and yarn because the paste was too thick, but from then on the yarn simply absorbed the color.  Occasionally, I would move the yarn around to make sure all of the fiber was exposed to the color, but, otherwise, I left it alone.

An hour later, the rosy red fibers had absorbed all of the liquid in the bowl.  Time for the big reveal!  I pulled out the first skein of red yarn, and I rinsed it.  As I ran the water through the yarn, excess color was washed away, and in its wake was a deeper lavender color.  I followed the same process two more times, and each time the result was exactly the same.  However, the last time something different happened.  The last time, as I rinsed the fibers, the yarn had lavender hue with a pale to deeper red color running through them.  I had to smile, and say, “Thank you, Jesus!”

Sometimes things do not turn out the way we think they should, or the way we would like them to be.  The yarn is not the color I was expecting, but it is lovely, and God gave me the red color in an unexpected; yet lovely way.

At (Our) HOPE Christian Academy, our school motto “Hope and a Future” can be found within the Scripture Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV):  “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

You see, our ultimate hope is in the Lord.  When things are not progressing as we, student, parent, teacher, or principal, think they should, we are tempted to give up or give in sometimes.  That is when God tells us to keep on trying, to persevere.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 in the end, perseverance builds character and offers us hope.  Did I get what I wanted?  ;) No, but I did receive what I needed, and I received a little extra message from God, “Hi, Katherine, I was listening.”

Sometimes things do not turn out the way we think they should, or the way we would like them to be.  The yarn is not the color I was expecting, but it is lovely, and God gave me the red color in an unexpected; yet lovely way.

At (Our) HOPE Christian Academy, our school motto “Hope and a Future” can be found within the Scripture Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV):  “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

You see, our ultimate hope is in the Lord.  When things are not progressing as we, student, parent, teacher, or principal, think they should, we are tempted to give up or give in sometimes.  That is when God tells us to keep on trying, to persevere.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 in the end, perseverance builds character and offers us hope.  Did I get what I wanted?  ;) No, but I did receive what I needed, and I received a little extra message from God, “Hi, Katherine, I was listening.”

 

 

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