Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Monday, March 13

Knitting Circle

“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.” Jeremiah 29:11.

I am of the firm belief that God will give you exactly what you need when you need it and put you exactly where you need to be when you need to be there. Most of the time, I am impatient and worried in my time of need and don’t realize the grace that has been bestowed upon me until well after the fact. It always seems to be one of those 20/20 moments: “Oh yeah, I guess God did take care of everything ... again.”

Like many individuals my age, I struggled with getting a job right out of college. The economy was rough, and my prospects weren’t good. During my dark year, as I call it, I applied for and was rejected from several jobs, or simply didn’t hear back. I worried constantly about what my future would look like.

One day I was invited to visit a knitting group at church. I didn’t knit, but I like crafts, and I didn’t have anything better to do. I went, learned a few stitches, listened to encouraging words from some beautiful women of faith, and then came home to find a job posting for a meteorology position in Wichita, KS. I applied and kept knitting. A couple weeks later, I joined the church knitters again. They reassured me that everything would work out. And just then, I got a phone call asking if I would be available for a phone interview that afternoon. The interview went great and I kept knitting.

A couple months went by before I heard anything, but I just kept knitting. I learned to knit prayer shawls and hats for the homeless. I joined in weekly devotionals with the knitters. And when the time came that I was offered the job, we shared a joyful, but tearful, goodbye.

God sent me to these women who lifted me up when I felt absolutely worthless. He taught me a productive craft which allowed me to give back to those less fortunate than me. He provided me with every tool I needed to succeed. To this day, when I’m having a tough time or am particularly worried, I knit. It reminds me that God will always be there to provide exactly what I need, when I need it.

Ali Davis

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