Work in Progress

This winter I had the bright idea to make quilts out of my daughters' old t-shirts, dresses, and other special clothing they don’t fit into anymore. We laid out the clothes, pinning each piece into place. You can see my daughters' personalities in each quilt. One quilt is covered with kittens, princesses, and Minnie Mouse. The other is peppered with monkeys, giraffes, and bright colors. Together we top stitched carefully around each of the tiny fabric scraps. Those quilts will look beautiful on their beds, keeping them warm under their memories.

If they ever get finished.

In my knitting bag I have the cutest sock yarn. It’s blue and green and sea foam and yellow; so bright and cheery you’d think summer had slipped in and thrown up in my bag. I have one perfect sock already knit, and its partner is hanging out on the double point needles patiently waiting for me. Those socks are so happy they will make someone’s feet smile.

If they ever get finished.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with “work in progress” projects lurking about the house, ready to pop out and douse me with guilt. Perhaps it’s that closet that never quite gets cleaned out, or that cross stitch project begun when your high schooler was graduating kindergarten, or maybe — like me — you’ve started a quilt and finished the fun parts but can’t quite get yourself through the tedium of whip stitching the binding on.

Take heart, my friend. We are not the only ones who have works in progress. The Creator of all things is also still working on a project. He is still working on you and me.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

God hasn’t finished His work on us yet. 

I am strangely comforted by this thought. God, Who knows me better than anyone else, hasn’t given up on me. He is still carrying on a good work in me, and He will continue to carry it to completion. 

The next time one of my works in progress pops out and tries to trick me into a guilt cycle, I’ve decided to use it as an opportunity to remember our Creator and the work He is doing in and through me. 

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

What works in progress are hanging around your house? Tell us in the comments so we can all commiserate!