This weekend, I made a couple of pillow cases using a French hem. I’ve never used this technique before. It’s often used with delicate fabrics to prevent unraveling ends and provides a clean, finished, professional look to the project. To do this stitch, I had to go against everything I’ve learned in my 25 plus years of experience and sew my seams with the wrong sides facing each other. As I sewed, every part of me was screaming…NO! Stop! This isn’t right and you’re going to have to rip out all this stitching! I had to remind myself the whole time I ran the stitch that the pattern explicitly calls for me to do it this way—even if it is completely backwards.
As I was putting the finishing touches on my project pieces, it occurred to me that God’s way is like a French seam when it comes to life. Think about it. Jesus and God’s Word (the expert and the pattern) tell us we are to love our enemy and bless those who do evil against us. We are to visit the sick and imprisoned. We are supposed to give at least 10% of our earnings to God through charity. That all sounds just a little backwards, doesn’t it?
But God is serious about all of it. It looks wrong. It’s certainly counter-cultural and some of it just isn’t safe, but God knows what he’s talking about and when we do what he says and follow his lead, we experience what God has promised in his Word—salvation, reconciliation with God, joy of serving others, and the peace and freedom that comes from loving the Lord above all else.