The invitation had been nothing short of a Divine Invitation. At my weekly weigh-in meeting two women had joined me at my table and started talking about quilts. I knew in that moment God was up to something. Sure enough, I learned one of the women had been put in charge of getting a speaker for a Women's Brunch at her church. In her mind, meeting me was an answer to her prayer.
I prayed that I would be completely rested and refreshed for the day ahead, for the women who would be in attendance; for anointing of the Holy Spirit to overflow from me into the hearts of the women to whom I would be speaking, for God to speak His words through my lips, and His works reveal who He is.
I did finally fall asleep. And, with only a few hours of sleep I did wake completely rested and refreshed. I had a great expectation for the day ahead primarily from recalling the dream I'd had.
Could this have represented the living Stone, Jesus Christ, anointing a simple rock, like me? A little rock, possibly a pebble, who can do nothing without the one who gives life? Was the essence of the Holy Spirit overflowing into the hearts of others? Were the extra oils portraying the abundant life we can have in Jesus?
In my mind, God had already answered my prayer.
I was approached with sincere concern whether I should take measures to preserve the Immanuel Quilt. At quilt shows it is common practice to be asked to put on gloves before touching a quilt. Doing this preserves the life of a quilt.
The Immanuel Quilt, I believe was designed with specific purpose: to teach the names of Jesus so that we will come to know Him and desire an intimate relationship with Him. Requesting gloves to be worn would impede this very purpose.
Jesus is called the Keeper. A keeper is a person who looks after something or someone: a protector, the person responsible for the preservation and conservation of something valuable.
While the quilt may hold value, we are the ones who are the Apple of God’s Eye. The phrase, “Finders Keepers” brings on new meaning. He searches for those who seek Him. He finds us and then keeps us.
He says, “You’re a keeper”. The Keeper who has sustained the heavens and earth in place for all of time - is the same Keeper who chooses to keep you. He brings the lost into eternal life by his saving grace. That is powerful preservation.
The Immanuel Quilt is in the good hands of the Keeper……….are you?