Working on a tablecloth takes a lot of time and commitment. It will, Lord willing, be an heirloom, to be passed down for several generations. The idea of something that I make outlasting me is a little daunting, but really, isn't our legacy important? And even more than the work of my hands, I pray that the blessing of loving the Lord will be handed down through my family until the Lord comes back in glory. Working for the future can be daunting, especially when it seems that my future is simply more of the same - more waiting, more treading water, etc... But the reality is that the Lord is good, and He is working out His plan in time and space subduing His and our enemies. So while He cares very much what we are going through, He also loves us enough to want the very best for us, and to teach us and train us, even when it would be so much easier to let us wallow in our sin and misery. This is the God we serve. This amazing grace extended to fallen humans allows us to look to God as our Father, rather than only as our Judge. This is so humbling and amazing. Pruning is part of growing. Longing is part of growing. Learning to rest in the Lord's will while working at the tasks He has given us to do is part of growing.
2 Timothy 1:12
...which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.