I’d long admired her teal beret with the beautiful lacework. I overheard her whisper that she’d made the hat when someone else complimented her on it. She’d knit lace in the round. I was silently in awe.
My grandmother taught me to knit when I was little. Impatient then, I never finished a project. But like riding a bike, I never forgot how. I had some sweaters that same grandma knitted, but they weren’t my style at all. Inspired by that lacework hat, I ripped out the stitches and began to knit a sweater that was my style. I finished one. Tried another. And soon found knitting a favorite passenger-seat project in the car.
The girl with the admired lacework hat became my friend Danielle. I babysat her sleeping kids and she babysat mine so we could sneak out on low-cost date nights. One night after babysitting, she came home to me browsing knitting inspiration on her couch.
Danielle laughed nervously when I said she should knit a sweater. As I’d grown to know her, I realized that even though she could keep track of complicated lace (that frustrated ever-impatient me), she was scared to tackle a bigger project. We browsed together for a bit longer before I went home to sleep.
A couple of weeks later Danielle showed me the sweater pattern for which she had just purchased yarn.
I smiled. The irony that she had inspired me to pick up knitting after all those years and yet here I was encouraging her to take on a project she would have never picked without my encouragement.
Christine Wright, our God-sized dream visionary here, can often be heard encouraging us to pray big prayers and dream big dreams. So much so that I truly believe this is a portrait of her.
See what I mean? They’re totally twins!
What if we’re all just waiting for someone to whisper: Dream bigger, Jesus is capable of doing impossible work through you!
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:3-11 English Standard Version
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