I am in the midst of writing a knitter's devotional and this is one entry. I would love feedback.
When I read A Tale of Two Cities in high school, my English teacher explained that Dickens portrayed Madame Defarge as a knitter to show that she was patient. She was willing to work and wait for her plans of justice and bloodthirsty plans to come to fruition.
Knitting certainly does take patience. Projects take time and effort to be completed well. Knitting can also help develop patience as we work slowly toward a goal. We learn over time to plan our projects, leaving ample time.
Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5, listed with joy, kindness and the others. It is also a characteristic of God. The Bible tells us:
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished... Exodus 34: 6b - 7a
It has been suggested that people not pray for patience because then God will send trials to teach it. I think that it is good to pray for the fruits of the Spirit, including patience. God will teach us in the way that is best for us.
Patient and loving God, Teach us patience that we may be more like You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Has knitting helped you to learn patience?