The Remnants

Walk in a fabric store. You’ll find bolt after bolt of cloth—an amazing array of fabrics and colors. But as you wander through the aisles, one sign draws you to it. It is irresistible. REMNANTS. There you will find great bargains because there is only a small bit of fabric left. Some call them “leftovers” but that diminishes their importance. There’s not enough usually for a dress or a skirt; maybe not even enough for a blouse. Not even what you went into the store for. Nevertheless, soon you will be making your way to the cutting table with an armload to get it all priced for checkout.

Once you get your remnants home, what are you going to do with them? The thought that comes immediately to mind is a quilt. You can cut squares from all the different patterns and scatter them about.

Or you could cut flowers, leaves, words, and applique them on a backing.

I’ve seen an absolutely delightful jacket made of a variety of fabrics: a denim here, a flower pattern there, a scrap of faux fur as a divider. Pieces you would never think of buying from a whole bolt of cloth when you walked in the store, but your remnants all work together to make something beautiful.

Did you know God calls his faithful believers “remnants?” In Isaiah 10:21 we read: “A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.” And in Isaiah 28:5, “In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.”

I often write of the Pied Pipers who are leading our kids on paths away from God, and encouraging you to warn them in advance of what they will face. God knows it will not be easy; not for you, and not for your kids. Teach them that the jeers and rejection they will face will all be worthwhile as they stand before God a part of the REMNANT—those believers who made it through all the trials and stood firm in their faith. Not leftovers, but wearing a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath of the LORD Almighty.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:1-2).