Sometimes I just do dumb stuff. For instance, I was recently making a toddler dress for my friend Bonnie Christine. It was an adorable hooded sweatshirt dress with a keyhole in the front. The fabric was a sweet knit print she designed for her new line, Forest Floor. I was making it from strike offs for her booth at quilt market, so it was in limited supply. And then… I accidentally cut the keyhole out of the back. Like a dummy. I literally had to cut through the word “back” on the pattern piece to make that mistake. Like a big dummy. There wasn’t enough fabric to cut another piece. I only cried a little. (But to be fair, I cry about everything. It’s charming.) To try and make my mistake seem intentional, I left off the hood and used a coordinating print to bind the neckline and keyhole. And it turned out so sweet. I actually like it better than the original design.
And that got me thinking. I have made quite a few mistakes in my life. Most of them are bigger than cutting some fabric incorrectly. But I thankfully know a Redeemer. My mistakes and missteps and poor decisions have taught me invaluable lessons. But more than that, they have been turned into good things for me. Instead of being defined by my choices, I am defined by my Creator. It is really good to be His.
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