Picture someone struggling to thread a needle: Impatience and frustration builds as the thread refuses to go through the eye. Muscles tense, hands begin to tremble.
The harder the person tried– the more they squinted and pushed – the further away they were getting from ever managing to thread that needle!
And I heard God say that this had been the ministry experience of many – that many had readied themselves for service and were prepared to give out in ministry but had then failed to find the niche or the hole that they were to fit through. The satisfaction of a thread that goes through the eye of a needle was missing from their life. Disappointment, frustration, tension and impatience had taken its place. The more they tried to slot themselves into a place, the further they seemed to get from ever being where they belonged. Some have even felt as if the very head of the needle was repelling the thread as it got closer.
To those needle-threaders who have missed the eye, God comes to give you fresh hope and a new peace today. He says, ‘Peace, child, lay it down. Set your arms by your side or let them rest awhile on your lap. Let your shoulders relax, let me take away all that tension, all that ache and pain. Allow me, in my time, to give you a new thread end. Look, see, it isn’t frayed – I’ve even moistened the tip!
I’m going to give you new sight. New 20-20 vision. You have not been disqualified. I have noticed your persistence and your perseverance. The flow is coming again. Come and flow with me, let me guide your hands, your fingers. There is a place for you.’
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
… Then he said to him, “Follow me