Last night I was reflecting on the trials and tribulations that I was having with embroidery. Satin stitch in particular, and all things embroidery in general.
Yes! It's not 'good', but is it 'better', and that's enough to be going on with!
Sarah Homfray sews her leaves and flowers with consummate ease. She can even talk while the needle goes in and out, apparently seeking the perfect placement of the point every time all by iteself, the thread following neatly and forming the beautiful shapes.
Well, like me playing the piano. I'm not a great pianist; I was never going to be able to play more than the easiest Chopin, most accessible Brahms, but I have been saturated in the world of piano playing since I was about three years old. When I look at the music, I know what to do, I know how to learn it, I understand it like a fish understands swimming.
I guess it is the same for experts in embroidery. They been saturated in the techniques and history and knowledge of their art and craft, using all their intellect to develop and improve.
Today, I was reminded about this process of saturation with respect to our life as Christians.
If I hadn't been listening to daily 'Bible in one Year' audio book, and also following Andrew Dotchin's Lent Course, today's sermon (Ezekiel and the bones) would have been good, but with the extra links and knowledge that past six months regular listening and reading and paring have developed, it was awesome.
So, on reflection, it seems to me that Tertullian in saying
But we, little fishes, after the example of our ΙΧΘΥΣ Jesus Christ, are born in water, nor have we safety in any other way than by permanently abiding in water
was givng us good advice. Here, he is talking about Baptism, and the Water being the Holy Spirit, and of course the play on words with the Greek word for fish being used to represent Jesus Christ:
The word ΙΧΘΥΣ (ikhthus) in Greek means “a fish;” and it was used as a name for our Lord Jesus, because the initials of the words ᾽Ιησοῦς Χριστὸς Θεοῦ Υἰὸς Σωτήρ (i.e. Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Savior), make up that word.
(And no, I haven't read Tertullian! But I came across that phrase a long while ago and it stuck with me)
More Lent reflections at Tracing Rainbows