Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Seam Stress

Searching for the right garment for ministry can be stressful. Some ministries purchase dance garments from costume catalogues or online, while others have garments that are made-to-order. It is wonderful to find a seamstress or tailor that can make custom garments, if the vision becomes a reality.

When the Lord gave instructions to Moses regarding garments, they were to be made according to the pattern that the Lord showed him. I cannot describe how many times I have met a wonderful seamstress or tailor who did not make the garment that I had in mind. Often the skirt was not wide enough, the sleeves were too tight for movement, or the design was not what was drawn or discussed. This has caused "seam stress" when the garment is needed for a particular time or season and does not "fit" the pattern.

Skill does not qualify a person to sew a ministry garment. Eagerness does not equal qualification. When the Lord provides a skilled craftsman that can sew according to the pattern He has shown you, do not take it for granted. If an anointed garment maker has not yet been discovered in your area, pray that the Lord will provide. The stress, money, and time spent on creations that do not "seam right," will make you appreciate those anointed for the task.

Exodus 28:3 (NKJV)
"So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest."

Proverbs 31:24 (NKJV)
"She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants."

Acts 9:39 (NKJV)
"Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them."

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