It’s that time of year again:
And for me, football season = crafting season. More specifically, crochet season.
After all, 12 hours of college football on Saturdays and 12 hours of NFL football on Sundays gives plenty of time to crochet!
(Yes, I can easily listen to 24 hours of football on any given fall weekend. And Monday nights. and Thursday nights. Confession is good for the soul.)
One year I made this afghan:
Another year I made two of these afghans as Christmas gifts:
However, this year, I thought I’d do something a little different – a little more fun.
So on Saturday, during the Alabama v. Ole Miss game (Roll Tide!), I started working on this afghan:
(Picture courtesy of repeatcrafterme.com)
This afternoon, I finished the first block: The Santa face in the upper left corner.
As I inspected my work, I was a little discouraged. After a lot of trial and error, and finally thinking that I had gotten it perfectly right, I laid my block out on the floor…
And one corner was higher than the other.
My Santa face was lopsided.
But it wasn’t horrible. It was workable. With a few tweaks, it was almost unnoticeable.
As I looked at it again, still dissatisfied, I said to myself – partly in concession, partly in affirmation –
It’s not perfect, but it’s useable.
And then I paused.
And the incredible profundity of those words echoed through the empty room.
God doesn’t require perfect people.
He just requires useable people.
How thankful I am that, every moment of every day, God sees me as I am – as I saw my Santa square:
No, she’s not perfect. But she’s useable.
Because all that is required to be useable is to be available.
As a perfectionist, I can struggle with this realization — that I can be a little “lopsided,” a little quirky — and God can still use me.
But it’s true.
And He can use you, too.
All He requires is that we be available.
And what a blessing that is!