To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
As early as the 1600s, Japanese embroiderers reinforced garments with special stitching known as sashiko—a word meaning “little stabs.” The technique uses repeated lines or geometric shapes in white cotton thread on traditional indigo blue cloth. The process was used to cover holes or strengthen cloth that had seen better days, and it left the fabric thicker and stronger than before.
Sashiko is an apt metaphor for the believer’s life. When the Bible says, “We are the clay, and [God] our potter” (Isa. 64:8), it emphasizes His role in shaping our faith and character. Though we may continue to struggle with various frailties and challenges, Jesus—through the Holy Spirit—is in the process of remaking us in His image (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) and helping us be His hands and feet in the world. We can’t avoid darkness or pain in this life. But we can go to the Lord in our weakness, knowing that in Him we are made stronger and more beautiful, not in spite of our trials but because of them.
Think about it
• When we’re in the middle of hardship, it’s difficult to see how good could result. But can you think of a time you went through a trial and it ended up strengthening your faith?