Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Divinely Appointed Quilt

It was Saturday evening three weeks ago.  The kids had been put in bed and my husband and I were sitting down to watch a movie--"Precious" Here is a bit of a summary from Wikipedia:

 "In 1987, obese, illiterate, 16-year-old Claireece P. "Precious" Jones lives in the ghetto of Harlem with her dysfunctional and abusive mother, Mary. She has been impregnated twice by her father, Carl, and suffers long-term physical, sexual, and mental abuse from her unemployed mother. The family resides in a Section 8 tenement and subsists on welfare. Her first child, is being cared for by Precious' grandmother, though Mary forces the family to pretend the child lives with her and Precious so she can receive extra money from the government.
Following the discovery of Precious' second pregnancy, she is expelled from school. Her junior high school principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school, which she hopes can help Precious change her life's direction. Precious finds a way out of her traumatic daily existence through imagination and fantasy. In her mind, there is another world where she is loved and appreciated."
If you have ever seen this movie, you know how difficult it was for me to watch.  At one point, about 20 minutes into the movie, I turned to my husband and said, "I can't watch this anymore".  The language was terrible and the abuse was disturbing. 
As I was watching the movie I had a dialogue going on in my head. 
'No one can possibly be that mean towards a child--this is an exaggeration.'
'No, it's not. Children are living like this every day.'
'A mother couldn't treat a child like that'
'Yes, a mother could'
'It's just a movie Carin'
'Is it?'

And then......
my husband got up to get a snack and my computer dinged--signaling a new message in my email inbox. I popped over and read this comment that Susan had just left on our blog for the 'Fall into Fall Giveaway":
"I know a little girl in a hopeless home situation. She has no father; in fact, no one knows who her father is. Her mother has openly said that she only keeps the little girl because she gets welfare money for her. This little girl spends every afternoon and all day Sundays with my friend and her husband, who are showing her what a true family is all about. I'd like to win the quilt for her to use at their house to remind her that there are people in this world who love her for who she is. I can guarantee that the girl would receive the quilt and be the only one to use it!"
I just about fell out of my seat. 
God was speaking to me and showing me a child who needed HOPE. 

The parallels between Precious and this girl that Susan nominated became obvious to me-
Two young girls around the age of 13
Two young girls being used by their mother for welfare money
Two young girls looking for a different world filled with the love of a family
Two young girls needing HOPE and comfort.
The difference was--one was FICTIONAL and one was REAL.
A couple of days later, I contacted Susan and told her that I would like to make a quilt for this girl--I didn't want to wait to see if she would win because I had received a divine appointment to make a quilt of HOPE for Patricia.  Susan shared that Patricia likes bright colors, especially lime green.
So I went to work on Patricia's quilt. 
Yesterday I finished it.
Susan asked me to add a label with the following Bible verse on it:
 Psalm 139:14 . . . "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."


Susan said...

It's beautiful! I have no words to say how you've blessed my heart and will bless Patricia! I can't wait to give it to her. Thank you SO MUCH for your generous heart and your willingness to listen to the Lord!

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

Oh, I am so happy that you went forward with making the quilt for her. That was a blessing to you I am sure.

Sherry in IA said...

This post gave me goosebumps. What a wonderful acknowledgement that "coincidences" are just God's way of getting our attention. I'm sure that this little girl will treasure this quilt, not only for the physical comfort it will give her, but also for the knowledge that someone out there cares so much for her and her alone.

Amy said...

It's just touching to read this, so I can only imagine the extent of your feelings while "in the moment". That movie is hard to watch but too many kids that we don't know and will never know experience that hate and abuse from their parents or caregivers. I pray that Patricia will know that she is loved.

tubakk said...

What beautiful thoughts, and what a beautiful quilt! Congratulations!

Stormy Days said...

That is the entry that really stuck with me after reading it. I had to read one or two a day because I couldn't see through the tears. I'm so glad you made a quilt for her, my mind has been whispering that I needed to do the same thing.

Paula said...

You deeply touched my heart...did you noticed Patricia and Precious begins with the same letter!? such a subtle message.
Congrats, your quilt is lovely and Patricia will love not only it but the fact someone out there cherishes her. Much lovexx

His Hands His Feet Today said...

Children really do live like this :( What a BLESSING I know this quilt will be for her... and the hours of prayer that it was bathed in as well :)

"Well done, my good and faithful servant"!

mspahr4805 said...

Your blog is awesome and your work is most amazing. Thank you for sharing. P.S. I am so glad someone stepped up to make a quilt for Jo. She is a facebook friend and I was hoping someone who knew what to do with the fabric could make it happen with style-doing something special for someone you don't know. I am very moved.