James 4 13 15


I'm Happy Being a Pillow
by Erika of This Christian Wahm
This Christian Wahm

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. 

For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."

James 4:13-15

Sometimes things don't always go the way we had planned. 

I can remember trying to learn how to crochet when I was younger. After a while, I got the hang of how to crochet a simple chain. So, I decided to go ahead and make a throw for the back of my grandmother's couch. 

I sat there night after night, crocheting my little heart out! I would get so far and the throw would end up crooked on one side. I had to keep taking the thing apart and starting over.

After a few attempts to make this work of art even; I gave up! I stopped where I was and just looked at that ugly, makeshift, pile of gathered yarn.

I said, "what is this thing good for?" Out of frustration I threw it down and walked away. 

A little while later, I went back and picked up my poor looking heap of a crooked square. I was going to rip it apart and just put the whole ordeal out of my mind. But, I really wanted to make something for my grandma. So, I took a harder look at it and discovered I could make a pillow from this! 

I folded the crooked square in half, stitched it on three sides, then filled it with poly-fill. I then finished it by sewing the final opening. 

I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a beautiful pillow; and I made it with my own, two, little hands! I was so proud of this creation, I couldn't wait to go to grandma's the next day and present this masterpiece to her. 

She was very happy to get it and as any wonderful grandmother would do, she proudly placed it on her sofa. It sat there for many years. 

Just recently I came across that old pillow, as my Uncle, cousin and I were cleaning out one of the spare bedrooms. I just couldn't believe that she held onto that thing for two decades! Seeing that pillow brought back the recollection of what I went through to make it and got me thinking...

Who would have known that this crooked blanket I was trying to make would turn out to be a pillow? I didn't set out to make a pillow...but a pillow it was meant to be.

We as God's children have a lot in common with that old pillow. I know it sounds crazy, but we do! 

For instance, when I got out of high school, I was determined to become a corporate lawyer. I started college, taking some law courses. It turned out that I could not afford to stay in school. So, I dropped out and began working in a paper mill.

Huh? A paper mill? This wasn't in my plan!

I stayed there for almost five years. I was miserable working there, but my time there brought me into a closer relationship with God. 

My life took a wonderful turn! I met my husband and we got married. Before I knew what hit me, I was married with two beautiful girls and living the stay at home mom life.

While I was carrying my first child, I got the urge to write. I began writing a book, it was published and it lead to more books and little did I know, writing was the true desire of my heart! 

I am a decisive person...when I set my mind on something, I'm determined to go out and do that thing, no matter what!

Before I figured out that God is supposed to be the center of my life, I went according to the plans I made and didn't consider consulting with anyone else. 

As soon as I began to turn to the Lord for direction,

and asked Him what He wanted for my life...He certainly showed me! 

Instead of the title, Corporate Lawyer; I now carry many more important titles, Wife, Mother, Author, Editor (of my website), and all because I took on the initial title of, Child! 

Yes, I had to come to Jesus with the faith of a child, asking my Dad what He wanted me to be when I 'grew up'. 

I set out to be a throw...but I was crooked, not quite on the right path. As soon as I let God fold me here and there and fill me with His wisdom...I've discovered I'm quite happy being a pillow!


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James 4 13 15


James 4 13 15