Fussy-Cutting God Knows Full Well When to Cut and Delete

You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body.
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Psalms 139:15 (The Message)

“I don’t understand. What exactly is ‘fussy’ cutting? Aren’t we just being a little too picky?”

“That’s not exactly it,” the teacher patiently explained. “Fussy cutting is following the detailed edge of a pattern design such as a floral motif or animal. The cutting heightens the outline of the design, and the shape will stand out when appliqued onto a background fabric.”

Fussy cutting can be very tedious work. To master the technique, consider making a pillow cover at first instead of a queen-size quilt. How about a tote bag or eyeglass case?

Starting a project like this may cause us to consider God’s “fussiness.” For thousands of years, He has been fussy cutting the details of the universe, so many details that scientists still haven’t got it all figured out, even when they like to think they have.

Then when we consider our own circumstances, what do we do? We complain over a little fussy cutting. The Bible calls this process “pruning.” Sure, there are problems, but God isn’t finished fussy cutting yet. His Word tells us He’ll complete that good work He started. When He’s finished, Jesus is coming back. That’s a promise. He’ll continue the pruning process until He has all of the details surrounding our lives finished and highlighted.

Thus, in the light of eternity, who am I to fuss about snipping a few details into some fabric pieces or God clipping some sense into me to live more faithfully for Him?

God knew you before you were born. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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by Gayle Ottemiller

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Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at gayleottemiller.com.

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