Embroidered love

sewing threads for embroidery isolated on white

The doll of my third birthday.  It was not just any doll.  It was the doll of my dreams, and it has become more and more so as time has passed by.

My mother let me watch some of the making of the doll.  I got to watch her sew the cloth body together.  She wove tight loops of yarn braids on either side of the dolls head.  She sewed on a dress and trimmed it with a pink ribbon belt and lacy cuff sleeves.  But the embroidery, she hid from me.  And what embroidery it was.

The face of the doll is magnificent.  Beautiful blue eyes, pastel pink cheeks, and a content mouth.  And on the top of the dress, she hand-stitched a pastel blue bow.

But what made the doll most incredible was what the hem of her dress spoke to me.  My mother had embroidered my name, and,

“Wherever you go, whatever you do, be happy and know that I love you.” 

Then she embroidered two little hearts around her name, and, last, she embroidered the date.

In an incredible way I could have never thought up on my own, this doll represents a little picture–an embroidered picture–of God’s love.

God shows us the making of His love, but we don’t get to see the whole picture.  We are finite, and He infinite; we are mortal, and He immortal.  But the pieces He does show us fit together to reveal to us an incredible love.  It’s a love that stepped in history time and time again to show man the way back to Him.

But the icing on the cake is the embroidery God includes.  Every detail of our lives is purposeful, and is meant to draw us to Him.  God even works through sin and evil, stitch by stitch, as He makes His masterpiece in our lives.  But we have to believe in Him to receive this gift.  And that’s because the embroidery only comes from Jesus Christ.

That leads us to the best, most surprise part of God’s love of all.  Like my mother stitched her love for me around the hem, God stitches His clear love for us at the cross.  He calls us personally, by name, to be saved.  He stitched the date in history when Jesus Christ gave His life as a sacrifice for all.  And He signed His name to show how much He loves and cares for us.

His embroidered love is truly best.

And it’s for you.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NLT)

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