Guest post by Katrina Fernandez, aka The Crescat.
When I last went to Adoration, there was this adorable little old lady there knitting. After awhile, another lady came in; I noticed she kept huffing and staring open-mouthed at the old lady. She did this for a good 15 minutes.
I was done with my rosary, so I got up to leave, and the huffy lady got up too and sighed loudly in a disgusted way before heading out behind me. We ended up being parked next to each other, so she made small talk as we walked across the parking lot: “Can you believe that lady in there knitting? Why even come to adoration if you’re just going to sit there and knit?! So disrespectful.”
I just shrugged and said, “Maybe she just wanted to be near Jesus,” and went to get in my car. She shot me the same disgusted look and rolled her eyes before getting in her car and driving off.
I mean, isn’t that adoration is too, just being near Jesus in His presence? You know, like those old married couples who can sit together and not say a word; they’re just happy to be in each other’s company. She just looked like an old lady who wanted to be near Jesus. I don’t know any other way to say it.
I was in and out of adoration in 30 minutes (long enough for a rosary), and Disgusted Lady even less. That little old lady and her knitting looked like she spent many, many hours in that chapel. Hours enough that it was her second home where she sits with Jesus and does her knitting. Her knitting was probably more grace-filled than me and Huffy Lady put together times ten.
I wish I told Disgusted Lady that. It was a missed opportunity on my part. I’m not sure what my point is, but whatever that lady was knitting was knitted in the presence of the Lord, and the thought of that made me smile hard on my drive home.
For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…
~ Psalm 139:13-14a
Katrina studied art history at Virginia Commonwealth University, following which she vowed to bring beauty to the masses. Fueled by her passions, she blogged at The Crescat from 2006, where she wrote most humorously about art, music, religion and finding love. She now spends her days creating exquisite watercolor paintings.
Image via “Knitting in Marian Art“.