Nothing Wasted

My grandmother used to make beautiful quilts out of cast off scraps friends would bring her by the bagful.

She never shopped in a quilting store with color-coordinated bolts of fabric lined up like watercolors against the wall.  She didn’t purchase a kit with pre-cut squares or fancy appliques.


She took whatever she had and made it work. Even the ugly scraps were made beautiful when placed “just so’.  Bits that others found too small to be useful were melded together by her skillful hand into lovely gifts that continue to bless me and others.

She never wasted anything.  

God doesn’t waste anything either.  

When I consider the stories of Moses, Joseph and David I can see how all the events in their early lives shaped them in preparation for the work He had for them later on. Hardship, blessings, training and waiting were molded together by His skillful hands into precisely the vessel needed to carry the Good News to that generation.


As a young mother, I dreamed of many things God might do in and through me and my family.  I thought I could envision the quilt He was making-the arrangement and the colors.  I never imagined so many dark patches would be part of the pattern.  

I don’t like this chapter of my life in many ways. But it is a chapter God is writing and will use to mold me into what He wants me to be.

I don’t expect that I will know this side of heaven what He is making from the bits and pieces, but He has promised it will be a masterpiece.

So I want to be pliable-even though it is painful.

For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

Ephesians 2:10 AMP



Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

4 thoughts on “Nothing Wasted”

  1. Thanks for writing this. Five weeks ago our two year old son unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. It has been the hardest five weeks of my life. Your words really resonated with me.

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    1. Oh, dear one! I am so very sorry for your loss and your pain! You are fresh on this journey! I pray that you feel the Father’s loving arms around you and that He overwhelms your broken heart with His mercy and grace. May He give you the strength you need for each day. What is your son’s name? Hugs and love, Melanie

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      1. This is so true and I never picture a quilt before but it is so fitting! When my son passed at 25- I truly felt I heard God’s words“ Don’t lose you”. My son Chris was so like me. If I stop being me & not honor him or remember his story – I would lose him again. I do not understand this but I feel like it’s a path I must walk with love , kindness & caring. My heart needs to beat for 2 now!

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