When my Life Resembled a Rag Quilt
Did you ever see your life as disposable? Wonder if you weren’t there, who would notice? Laugh on the outside while crying on the inside? Want someone to notice then shy away if they did? Have people tell you “cheer up” or “smile, life isn’t that bad.” Yes? Have you? Me too!
So like me, your life resembles a rag quilt too.
Everyone starts life equally…at conception. From that moment on, we travel different paths to get where we’re going in life. Some, it seems, is destined to be perfect and then, for the rest of us…well, for me, I felt used and tossed aside, and about as a limp as a dish rag.
For me, I had mostly a good childhood, but some really bad things happened. And it was those bad things that set me up to believe the statements I wrote above. I eventually grew to adulthood, married my high school sweetheart.
My husband also had a great childhood, but with a few bad things happening to him along the way so he also was kind of ragged looking. We brought our ragged lives together and then had two great sons. Things were great, we looked like the happiest of couples, yet, deep down, inside, I knew something wasn’t right. Even though I was loved by an incredible husband and two sons, I felt “ragged.”
I needed God Himself to re-stitch my “Rag Quilt Life” together again.
So in my early thirties, when I just couldn’t make life work anymore, I got down on my knees, desperate. I had been a Christian from the time I was eight years old, but it wasn’t until I found myself desperate, at my end, feeling as if I wasn’t even a good rag anymore, that I finally said “God, help.”
I wish I could tell you from that moment on, everything was perfect, that I understood life, I never made another mistake, everyone treated me fairly, life was a bed of roses, it wasn’t like that. BUT! It was from that moment on I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that I had a True Friend, a Confidant, a Great Counselor, Someone in my corner, all the time.
And it was at that moment in my life, God began stitching the ragged pieces of my life back together. He lovingly sewed the scraps with stitches He Himself placed. It could only be Him because I would never have placed a few of the pieces in where He did, pieces I see now were hand chosen by Him…People or opportunities, what I thought were accidents or hard, harsh times, were actually, pieces He chose and allowed to enter my Rag Quilt called “My Life.”
Today, as I make rag quilts, I use old blue jeans, shirts destined for the rag pile, blankets or old sheets that have seen better days. I use all this tossed aside, forgotten items to make something beautiful, something useful and something to be loved once again. As I sew these rags together, I see how God has stitched me together again. He has taken the broken, forgotten, fragile person I once was and turned me into a bold speaking, armor-bearer for Him.
Are you needing your own “re-stitching” by God? Have you felt as if your life resembles a rag quilt?
God is the only One able to re-stitch our Rag Quilt Lives into something beautiful and useful.
As I was searching for healing and strength, I tried many different methods and things I thought could help relieve the pain and hurts of the past. Nothing helped for long. But God! Two of the most beautiful words one could ever hear…But God! It is only God who is able to help us become who He created us to be. It is only God who is able to take us from feeling like rags and turn us into beautiful and useful beings. Through prayer and His Word, we can experience great healing as He stitches our lives back together into something more beautiful than before.
As I was healing and as God was re-stitching my life, I would read scripture. Here are a few verses out of Philippians and Ephesians I would turn to over and over. I hope these can help you also.
- Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
- Ephesians 4:24 Put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
- Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
- Ephesians 5:20 Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God even the Father.
- Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
- Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 3:13 I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.
- Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice!
- Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.
- Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory.
- Philippians 4: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
Our lives are beginning to resemble gorgeous quilts made of the finest fabric and spun with silver and gold thread.
My healing didn’t happen overnight, nor was it a one-time thing. God has continued to stitch and re-stitch where necessary. Will you allow these verses to be a help to you also? I would love to hear how your “Rag Quilt Life” has been helped by God and His written Word. Leave me a comment at the end of this post. Let me know how I can be praying for you to become the woman God created you to be.When God does the stitching, our lives resemble gorgeous quilts. Click To Tweet