Another topic that recurs in my prayers sounds like this: “Lord, I am afraid of letting You down. Really mature Christians are doing great things in Your kingdom, but I am not.” Trusting God’s leading tests my understanding of the truth about the body of Christ and exposes a besetting sin of self-doubt and comparison with others. It is a marvelous, liberating fact that “God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose” (1 Cor. 12:18 ESV)—different on purpose!
Reflecting on the role of an organ in the mystical body of Christ, C.S. Lewis affirms that the “structural position in the Church which the humblest Christian occupies is eternal and even cosmic.”2 Lewis also states, “Those who are members of one another become as diverse as the hand and the ear. That is why the worldlings are so monotonously alike compared with the almost fantastic variety of the saints.”3
Can I really take a deep breath and live out of this conviction? And is it possible that making art—even quilts—can be a way to point people to Jesus?
Well, I am by every measure a novice art quilter, but isn’t it the nature of God to use the foolish and simple to speak for Him? (I recall that Moses insisted he was not eloquent enough to do the job God assigned to him.) So, having made about a dozen quilts, I submitted two to a biannual exhibition called Sacred Threads. Both were accepted for the show in Herndon, Virginia, in July 2015. One quilt was chosen for the show’s traveling exhibit, on tour throughout the United States for the next two years. The doors opened for me, and the lessons I am learning are evidence to me of the Lord’s hand.
Although this exhibition is not a Christian ministry, its themes and openness to all forms of spirituality gave a forum for the biblical content of my two pieces. I was emboldened by the terms of the exhibit to express in words what was portrayed visually. Every quilt was displayed with an artist’s written statement.
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