This weekend I did a few chores that I had been putting off – the mending basket. Whilst my mum was a great seamstress, making her own clothes from a teenager to creating amazing patchwork designs before she died, I am a total sewing phobic. In fact I’m so bad that during my school years I failed my home economic sewing assignments. We had to sew a book cover – mine looked impressive until the teacher tried to slide it off the book – she didn’t manage as it was glued on. My patchwork cushion assignment ended up the size as a pincushion whilst other girls turned out giant luxurious cushions.
This weekend I sewed a total of four buttons back on trousers – mostly on back pockets as the buttons seem to pop off when I slip into the car. I turned up the hem of one pair of trousers that I was quite smug about, as I had really considered buying that no-sew glue stuff. However, I know that the trousers I hemmed will not be long lasting – probably in a few months I’ll have to hem them again which I’ll grow tired off and stop wearing them. You see most of my sewing is a bodge job – just enough to get by but not long lasting.
God is also in the repair business but thankfully he doesn’t do the bodge jobs that I specialize in. One of my favourite passages after my mum died is in Isaiah 61. Not just the part that God repairs people but what he makes them into.
Isaiah 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Not only does God bind up the broken hearted but he turns them into big strong oaks of righteousness. He doesn’t do a bodge job of repairing us that means we have to be forever careful in case we come apart. No, He makes us Oaks of Righteousness – strong and beautiful – able to withstand storms and difficult times.
Today I’m wearing my bodge job trousers & hoping they survive the day. But I know that God’s repair job that He is doing on my life, if I entrust my brokenness to Him, will endure and be a beautiful testimony to His goodness.