CRIMSON or WOOL?
It’s Winter time, so I knit! Pretty much every night! I make simple things, straight line items, scarves (mostly), and also little baby blankets. I’ve never knitted anything crimson, though. Not sure if I’ve used real “wool” either.
I woke up this morning thinking of the “bad news” I watched on TV last night (weather said we would have snow, and they got it right this time!) But, that “fella” Dr. Nassar is one heck of a crooked person! I usually don’t criticize people by their names on Facebook, but since it’s out there in the News and we’ve all been dealing with the “me, too” movement, and…. his story really stirred me up in a bad way. So, I thought I’d have to get it out this morning.
No, not me! I have never been sexually abused! But, it pains me just to think of so many little girls, teens, adults who have been! That’s just unacceptable!
And to think that Dr. Nassar is married and has three daughters of his own! Wow! And…. some people took their own lives because they couldn’t cope with the memories.
Well, enough of that!
Then, reading the Bible this morning, I got to Luke 17:1-4!
“Jesus said to his disciples: “things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.
If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
I don’t know what has Dr. Nassar’s “religious” experience been, but given that he is an American, at minimum he’s heard of Jesus! I’m sure that while going through medical school he also learned about ethics and morals. So, he’s not an innocent person, by any stretch of our imaginations. “…But woe to anyone through whom they come.” When I read this I feel sorry for the man! And, in his case, I know justice is being done!
Now, the next verse can be really tough to live it out. It’s actually talking about a “brother or a sister”, someone who is close to us. It’s talking about a recurrent sin – something that’s done over and over. In my own human mind I ask ‘when is it enough?’ ‘When can we say ‘enough is enough’?’ The answer is clear, but not so clear. Did he really mean 7 times? And, 7 times a day? That’s way too many times in several circumstances.
Then, we wake up this morning, in East Tennessee, with an inch or two of snow on the ground. That sight immediately sent me to Isaiah chapter 1. I was thinking of only quoting verse 18, but can’t help it. We have to start on verse 16 and go all the way to verse 19.
“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
God’s justice is so much different than our own! His standards are higher, yet He loves each one of us UNCONDITIONALLY! The way I treat others should reflect the way God treats me – with mercy and grace!
I’ll go on praying for myself and others, knitting away! This time I will look for a crimson and a wool, also a scarlet and a white colors to knit. To bless someone with a warm, assuring and saving piece of clothing while I am blessed by working diligently and consistently, all the while praising my Savior!