May 11, 2011

Tattered * Torn * Broken * LOVED * Restored

It was no accident.  The Lord KNEW what I needed. 

Meet Ratty & Pinky.

Worn down by a lifetime of love by a  6 year old.  Given to her as a baby, treasured and valuable in her sight.  A source of comfort, even with raw edges, mish-mashed seams, fragmented pieces dangling by a thread - quite literally.

Ratty = Gaping holes, large rips, pale blue stars and yellow flowers faded

Pinky = quilted pink layers worn to a velvety softness, sweet pink knots and smooth frayed edges.

It was no accident.  The Lord knew what I needed.

My friend, Kate, asked me if I would take on a project for her 6 year old.  The project meant the marriage of ratty and pinky.  Salvaging the tattered and torn. Mending.  Recreating. Piecing together something sacred and sentimental for a sweet little lady.

The Lord knew what I needed.

Excited and honored by such a task, I set out to join the best of Ratty's torn features with Pinky's softy softness.  I prayed over the blanket.  (The girl to whom these blankets belonged has been through quite a few tramatic moments lately.  She's a Trooper - with a capital "T".)  And the Lord blessed me as I prayed fervently and specifically for her and her family, whom I have come to love in a short amount of time.  And He renewed my spirit as I prayed. 

Gabi with her "new" blanket.





































Restored.  Reunited.





































The Lord knew what I needed: to reflect on Him (rather than on myself) and to remember that much like Ratty and Pinky, I am tattered, torn and loved, but because of His mighty power and deep, unfailing love, I am restored. 

It was no accident.

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. "  Psalm 147:3

The Lord knew what I needed. 

3 comments :

  1. Only you could have put back together such a beautiful blanket. And how true it is that God puts us back together to be brand new in Him. What a wonderful story and thank you for sharing your insight. Gabi must have been very excited! Your creativity and the talent God has given you amazes me Rachel. How blessed you are! Lots of love, gwen

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  2. This is so beautiful... the words, the blanket, and your heart. SO precious! Do you make blankets jsut to sell? I need one for my baby girl. :)

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  3. wow. Rachel, that is incredible. You continue to amaze me.

    Been thinking of you lots. Can't wait to see you all!

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