Knitting is, or can be, a very centering activity. When you focus on the pattern it can bring a sense of tranquility. Being ordered and repetitive, knitting can lead to a very relaxed state.
This can be true for those around as well as for the knitter. I remember that a friend hired a “knitter sitter” for her ailing Mom. This person sat next to her mother’s bed and knit. The regular clacking of the needles had a quieting effect on the patient.
The peace that knitting brings is temporary. Jesus offers a peace that is eternal. We are assured that if we fix our minds on God, He will keep us in peace. The focus on God is key. C. S. Lewis reminds us that, “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
Maintaining a steadfast focus on Christ is easier said than done, certainly, but the rewards are great for those who succeed.
Earnestly pray for peace, for yourself and those around you.
God and King, grant us your peace. Help us to focus constantly on you. In Jesus name, Amen.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.~John 14:27
I am writing a knitters' devotional. Feedback on these posts is appreciated.