Karen is packed and ready to go to Nepal today.
Tabitha, an “ambassador” for the Guinea Pig Girl doll collection, is with her which is super exciting.
But Tabs (as her friends like to call her), almost didn’t go and that’s because she has funky arms.
I was piecing Tabitha together and fishing her legs and arms out of the side of her fabric frame
When suddenly I see her funky arms
“CRUD!” I think to myself.
She looks double-jointed
They are so funky Tabitha could be at a state fair in one of those sideshows
or a performer in Cirque du Soleil
“Wow. Tabitha’s got funky arms,” I mutter to myself.
Sitting there on my couch, fairly disgusted at my lack of sewing prowess, crestfallen.
How can I give her to Karen?
But then I heard God’s whisper as He reminds me of a truth. Karen was just a regular wife and mom and now she’s also an anti-human trafficking agent. Through Tiny Hands International, (please, please click here to read about this incredible organization), my friend will encounter many broken people. Tabitha will fit right in.
And then the Lord assured me, I’m a broken girl too. So is Karen. But we are redeemed, precious in His sight. Blameless. Holy. Pure even. In God’s eyes we are saints in fact which is quite surprising considering I’m quite familiar with my flaws. At times they are more obvious than Tabitha’s two funky fabric arms. So it’s all good.
“Let her go,” God said.
But the Lord wasn’t done with me so I espy Tabitha again.
“Daughter, look at her funky arms and remember me.”
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
Now I see this Guinea Pig Girl doll differently. Tabitha’s arms are open wide, really wide for a reason. She and Karen must to go to Nepal. Tabitha’s funky arms might bless a tiny hand. Their plane leaves in just a few hours.
Please pray for those I care about specifically Karen and JD as they are traveling to places far away this week. May their arms and hearts be stretched wide open to offer love and compassion. Let all who encounter these folks find ultimate freedom and redemption only Christ can give.
Thank you, Heavenly Father for teaching me something again today through sewing. I’m no longer embarrassed by Tabitha’s funky arms.