By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
Scripture: For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known. 1st Cor. 13:12
A quilter is a person who makes covers which we use on our beds to keep us warm. The covers are made of different pieces or scraps of cloth which when sewed together will form different types of designs or pictures. When I was a child, my parents did not have the money to buy real nice school clothes for us from stores, so our mothers made them. They waited each year for the store owners in down town Monroe to have what was called Dollar Days. On those days, they CLAIMED to sell materials for making clothing and other items at a cheater rate.
Dollar Days were always held in August a few days before school opened. Our mothers drew the designs they wanted for our dresses on newspapers they had “spread out” on the bed or floor, and afterwards, place the patterns on the cloth, cut them out, and sewed them together to form the dress, shirt, etc. The small pieces of cloth left over, called scraps, were sewed together to make quilts by those persons who wished to do so.
To this writer, our lives may be likened to a quilt with JESUS CHRIST being our MASTER QUILTER. Each piece of cloth sewed into it may represent different events which occur in our lives. For example: (1) One scrap of cloth may represent our births; (2) our school day activities may be represented by several pieces of cloth including Pre-k and kindergarten, elementary and high school, college, armed forces, ect. In between the aforementioned events in our lives may be more detailed occurrences. A few days before my great grandson, Aaron graduated from elementary school, I advised him to take a good memorial look at his classmates because MANY of them he would NEVER see again.
They would be scatted from one another in different school, states, and may be in other countries. Their whereabouts and activities would be represented or recorded by the different pieces in their life’s quilts may be large and others small. Some may be short and others long. A lot of how our quilts are made may be based on how long we live on this earth. In MANY instances, GOD gives us choices as to the kind of pieces which are placed in our life’s quilts. In some instances, HE makes the choices for us. Some of them we like, and others… However, we do have the assurance that HE knows what is best for us.