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The Quilt
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Not long ago I pieced my first full-sized quilt. I thought that since there were only 30 blocks I could average one a day and be finished in a month. How wrong I was! There were, in fact, 1230 tiny pieces compromising those 30 blocks, plus all the strips to connect them.

Try as I might, I could never seem to make a perfectly square block. Always there was at least one little point that didn’t match exactly with the others. And, being “geometrically challenged,” I had to check every single block against the pattern. Occasionally a piece would need to be rotated or reversed. How glad I was for a good clear pattern!

Not Perfect, But Beautiful 

After many days--yes, even months--of sewing the quilt is finally finished. And when you stand back and look at the whole thing it really is beautiful. Not perfect—but still beautiful. I’m glad now as I look at the quilt that I didn’t say, “This project is too difficult!” and give up on it.

Each person in this world is unique. And not one of us is perfect. But as we daily learn to let God choose the pattern for our lives we can come together in unity. Our points will not always match up exactly, but we can still be in harmony together, each in his or her own place in God’s great design.

I’m thankful that God never gives up on us, no matter how confusing our lives may seem. God is truly the Master Craftsman who has begun a good work in us and will be faithful to complete it (Phil. 4:6). Then, when the world stands back to take a look, they will certainly see a unified work of great beauty.

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