GOD IS THE NEEDLE AND I AM THE THREAD
The following prayer has been attributed to a Muslim convert to Christ:
“O God, I am Mustafah the tailor, and I work at the shop of Muhammad. The whole day long I sit and pull the needle and the thread through the cloth. O God, you are the needle and I am the thread. I am attached to you and I follow you. When the thread tries to slip away from the needle, it becomes tangled and must be cut so it can be put back in the right place. O God, help me to follow you wherever you lead me. For I am really only Mustafah the tailor, and I work in the shop of Muhammad on the great square.”
Here’s what I like about this prayer:
IT IS A HUMBLE PRAYER Mustafah identifies himself in his humble occupation using the word only. “For I am really only Mustafah the tailor… Before God, we are all only (simply, merely) one of his creatures. Jesus taught to pray humbly in the story of the Pharisee and the tax-collector. Remember it was the tax collector who prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”
IT IS A RELEVANT PRAYER Mustafah applies his own vocation to his prayer and his relationship with God. He sees God in his work. He sees how his work points to his relationship with God. His prayer is fueled by his ability to see God at work in his life. “O God, you are the needle and I am the thread.”
IT IS A PRAYER OF FAITH “I am attached to you and I follow you.” The invitation of Jesus is “Follow me.” Too often 21st century Christianity bids Jesus to follow us. Many modern people simply make their own decisions about life and bid Jesus to follow them and bless them. The prayer of faith puts Jesus in the director’s chair and acknowledges that we are in the drama to follow his commands.
IT IS AN HONEST PRAYER He recognizes that if the thread slips away from the needle and becomes tangled it must be cut. This acknowledges that the Lord disciplines those whom he loves. This reminds me of the parable of the vine and the branches. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Then, the Lord says, “He (God, who is the gardener) cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more” (John 15:2). Pruning is undoubtedly unpleasant for the branches, but the purpose is to be more productive.
IT IS A PRAYER OF COMMITMENT “O God, help me to follow you wherever you lead me.” There is a song that says, “Where he leads I will follow, where he sends I will go.” The thread can trust the needle. But of course we need God’s help.
After worship this Sunday we will have our Annual Meeting. We will begin with an all church lunch, and then have a concise 30 minute business meeting. During this time we will have our playground and nursery open so the kids will be taken care of. I want to be clear that this lunch and the meeting which follows is open to ALL Crosswalkers, whether you are member or a friend of the church. We want everyone to share in the table fellowship and be informed about Crosswalk’s ministry. When it comes to the vote of electing new Church Council members, only members of Crosswalk are allowed to vote.
The purpose of this meeting is for the entire church family to get together and celebrate God’s faithfulness to us in the year past, and to look forward to how God will use us in the future to expand his kingdom and bring glory to his name. It is a time to rededicate ourselves to the mission God has given us.
O God, you are the needle and I am the thread. I am attached to you and I follow you… O God, help me to follow you wherever you lead me.
Grace and peace,