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All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NRSV)
I found an intriguing and challenging shawl pattern. The variegated yarn had the brilliant warm hues of a sunset. As I skimmed through the directions, I thought, What? This makes no sense! Impossible! I knew how to make the required stitches, but I could not visualize how the shawl could possibly result from the instructions on the printed page. Perhaps this was beyond my ability. I wondered whether I should commit to the expensive, challenging project.
Christian discernment can be like my crochet project. Feeling the urge to do something new for God, we find an intriguing service opportunity, but it appears impossible. Perhaps we know how to perform the necessary tasks, but we cannot visualize how to begin. Perhaps a particular opportunity seems beyond our abilities. We wonder whether we should commit our time and energy to it.
In the end, I trusted the crochet-master’s directions. I bought the yarn, read the directions one line at a time, and followed the pattern carefully. My shawl is everything I hoped it would be. In the same way, if we commit to reading the Bible a little at a time, every day, and living as it instructs, the experience will be all we hope for and more.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room