Lent 2 – Saturday Not in Control

Knitting Idea:  SeerSucker Stitch – I got this idea from one of you who mentioned this stitch in a comment.  It uses multiples of four stitches and has eight rows so it’s perfect! The instructions on You Tube for all eight rows is found here.

Row 1:  Seed stitch for 4 stitches, *K1, P1 repeat from * until 4 stitches are left then 4 stitches of seed stitch (total 48 stitches).

Row 2:  Same as Row 1.

Row 3:  Seed stitch for 4 stitches, *P1, K3 repeat from * Until 4 stitches are left then 4 stitches of seed stitch (total 48 stitches).

Row 4:  Seed stitch for 4 stitches, *K1, P3 repeat from * until 4 stitches are left then 4 stitches of seed stitch (total 48 stitches).

This is just the first half of the pattern.  There are four more rows to finish it that I will put up tomorrow.

Reflection:

I flew to Atlanta yesterday to take care of three of our grandchildren.  Once we were strapped in the pilot told us that it was going to be a choppy ride and there was nothing he could do about it.  We bounced around the entire 2 hours.  It reminded me of plane trips I used to take a long time ago when bouncing around was normal.  Squished into my “window” seat row 35A all I could see was the engine like one of those city apartment windows that face a brick wall.   I’m not in control, I thought.

Obviously there are areas of our life we do control.  Right now I am fully aware of being in control of the safety of these three grandchildren.  Their mom works in the NICU with premature babies and their Dad is an Army Ranger.

The Army Ranger was telling me a story about sleeping in a Afghan village surrounded by 400 Afghan soldiers.  I asked him how he could possibly sleep in that situation.  He just looked at me and said, “I can’t take all 400 soldiers so I might as well sleep.”  In that moment, knew he wasn’t in control.

I was happy to find a suggestion in the comments for the seersucker stitch.  It is good to share responsibility and control.  I pray for the wisdom to know what I can control and what I can’t.  I pray for strength and courage to be able to react and respond to the situations I can’t control.  I pray for the ability to relax in the seat of the airplane just like our son can sleep in the middle of an afghan village.  I pray for the ability to let go of the things I hold too tightly.

Questions for today.  What areas of our life do we need to let go and what areas of our life do we need to exert more control?

Wisdom of Solomon 8.7:


And if anyone loves righteousness,
her labours are virtues;
for she teaches self-control and prudence,
justice and courage;
nothing in life is more profitable for mortals than these.

 

 

 

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