THE MYSTERY OF BUTTONS 1/08/10
I remember as a child climbing the
huge staircase at my great grandparent’s home and
finding my way into my great grandmother’s sewing room.
It was so tiny, probably like a small walk-in closet
today. She had organized drawers of nifty things. My
favorite drawer was her button drawer. I loved to run
my fingers through them and touch them.
Now that I am a Grammy and recently
organized my sewing drawers, I suddenly had a download
of what those buttons meant to my Great Grandma. It
takes years and years and years to collect that many
buttons that come off old discarded garments and new
sewing projects. It is usually not until one becomes a
Grammy that one receives the promotion of so many
In our spiritual language, what do
buttons represent? Buttons are like an anchor,
something to hold onto. But what? Somehow the “power”
of a button closes the breach between two pieces of
garments. It is a potent mystery. Does the hole in the
garment grab on to the button? Does the button grab
onto the nothingness in the hole? How then, do the two
I have often been in difficult
places where I have felt like a round peg in a square
hole. I have even had a vision of my being there. And
I, like the rest of those round peg/ square holed
people, say the same thing. “Lord, I don’t fit here!”
It is when I think back on the
mystery of the button that I finally understand. Any
seamstress knows how to make a button hole. You sew a
short skinny rectangle the length of the button and then
cut a slit down its middle. This is the parable of the
round button in a square hole. It is exactly the
differences between the two shapes that allows them to
connect and hold together.
So if you feel like you are a round
peg stuck in a square hole, remember that God has a
purpose for you right where you are. You are the
spiritual anchor that is standing in the gap, uniting
what is divided into one.
sought a man among them who should build up the wall and
stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should
not destroy it, but I found none.
perets (peh'-rets); from OT:6555; a break (literally or
breach, breaking forth (in), forth, gap.
9/10/09 TIME IS UP
I continued to see a round peg and a square hole many
times last night.
My purposes for you are unique.
INTO REMEMBRANCE: I was
drawn to look up the night I saw the re-occurring vision
of the round peg and the square hole. I was very
surprised to read it in hinds-sight. Four days after
that vision I was released from a very long
intercession. Sometimes letting go is extreme
sacrifice. It can be heart wrenching. But if it is the
right thing to do, God will fill the gap - maybe with a
square peg that has been waiting to find its niche.
Now as I ponder that time, I look
back at the treasures filling in my memory box of
beautiful sacrificial buttons. Some of these buttons
will never be used again on earth. Yet I know in
heaven, each one of those buttons are real jewels. God
remembers our tears, our prayers and stretching times
when we held on until we were ripping apart inside
between the tension of two poles. He never forgets and
He always rewards.
Josh 4:7 NKJV
And these stones shall be for a
memorial to the children of Israel forever.