As a seamstress… Fancy word for “lady who loves to sew”… I have always found it fascinating that we work from the inside out. Whatever we are making, we construct it backwards. Right sides together, we mostly see and work with the wrong side or the inside of the fabric. And from our perspective, it’s not beautiful or fabulous. It’s necessary. It’s tedious and often just plain ugly. Looking at it from the inside doesn’t make sense to someone who doesn’t sew, who doesn’t understand the process. Double-stitched seams, facings, interfacing to add support, blind hems… It all sounds like white noise to a non-sewer.
I think that’s how it is with our heart-work as well. God is working from the inside out. HE understands what He sees, how all the seams are fit together, why there are snips and cuts to help shape a part of our lives, or why some extra support is needed in another area. It all makes sense to Him because HE knows the process! He knows what He is doing, whereas I just want to see the finished product from the outside, or the right side out.
I don’t think you can have one without the other. I cannot wear my favorite dress or pair of jeans without all the gut-work that went into them. I need strong seams so the jeans won’t split when I try to sit down. I want the hem on my dress to be invisible, but perfectly measured all the way around so it hits at exactly the right place on my legs. The quality of the fabric or the beauty of the design won’t matter at all if the workmanship is shoddy. But GOD is able to take this fabric of our lives and stitch it together into something beautiful. God is able to work from the our ugly inside and present to Himself a masterpiece. He sees all the pieces of us that don’t make sense to anybody but Him, and knows exactly where to cut, pin, baste, and sew. But only if I hand over the scissors, needle, thread, and thimble.
And yes, all these thoughts are pouring out of a song. The Lord woke me up at 5:00 this morning (remember I’m retired now) and Phillips Craig and Dean are singing From The Inside Out through my mind and heart as I write.
My heart and my soul,
I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
Your light will shine when all else fades
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out Lord, my soul cries out
My prayer this morning is that God will take this beautiful fabric that is my life, created by Him, and make me into the garment of HIS choosing. He is the Master Tailor so, whatever it is, it will fit perfectly. Comfortably. I know I will love it. God, may I ever lose myself in bringing You praise. Amen.
Click here to listen to From The Inside Out. Words and music by Joel Houston.