I find myself wondering these days how my passion for fiber and visual textiles can be of use to the kingdom. Why did the Lord put within me a desire to manipulate cloth and fiber and how does it relate to kingdom purposes?
As I look ahead I see a time when I will have time to spend pursuing my passions. When stitching and sewing and knitting will be occupations that could be enjoyed and pursued beyond a few found hours throughout the tweek. When I could kind of seriously study dying of fabric and fiber, seek to quilt for more than pleasure, maybe even teach a class or two. When I could consider entering a quilt in competition or thinik about the idea of sharing passions in a class or through a book?
And yet at the same time I am reminded that this is not my home. I am a stranger here on short term mission. That my purpose for being here is to Glorify God... what does that look like in terms of gifting with cloth and fiber?
For the present I am playing with "green" fiber- upcycling sweater by repurposing the wool for gifts and warmth bringing garmets. I am playing with undyed fibers that I have harvested from unwanted garmets. I am using my skills and talents to bless folks with gifts and objects with purpose or decoration. And as I work on these I know that often they are a blessing, yet at other times as I stitch or knit or ..... I realize that in the thoughts of Solomon all is vanity, and some is just make work and fodder for the future donate or excess stuff pile. As I understand that my time is a precious resource I desire to number my days and invest them wisely, not with just make work but with kingdom work.
and so continues the condumdrum of balance between passion and eternal thinking.