Have you ever tried cutting fabric with children’s paper scissors? Or worse still with plastic-blade safety scissors? Actually – why would you ever choose to make life that difficult?
If you do try – it’s just possible that it can be done, but with short blunt blades it’s likely to be time consuming, difficult and very frustrating. And those short blades will mean you can only take short snips (or hacks!) so chances are your line will end up ragged and wonky. It will be hard work and take ages.
What a difference it makes to use my special dressmaking scissors (woe betide any child who ‘borrows’ them to cut paper!). These are the tool for the job – large, sharp-as-can-be and heavy enough to take some of the hard work out of cutting even thick fabrics. If you had the choice, you’d never go back to the plastic version. These beauties can eat fabric for breakfast.
The picture for this week is really simple. I felt God say to me that every job I do without taking time to pray first is like trying to cut fabric with paper scissors. Sometimes they will be enough, and I can struggle through alone. I might not do a brilliant job, but it will be OK. Sometimes, however, it will be all but impossible. I will give up frustrated and exhausted by the task.
But if I ask, the Holy Spirit can transform my ‘enough’, my little scissors, into dressmakers shears that can cut easily, fluidly and well. Prayer makes that kind of difference: It can make the difficult easy and the impossible achievable.
I can keep going (with my little paper scissors) and face every challenge all by myself, but…
…why would I choose to make my life that difficult?
So there are only two words written on the back of this particular postcard.
They’re transforming my week.
I hope they transform yours too.