Psalm 139:13-14 — “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; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV)
We live in an age of mass production. Just about anything you find in a store has been through an assembly line in one way or another. Products are pumped through factories at incredible speeds in order to reach the paying customers faster and make the supplier more money.
That’s why when you come upon something handmade it is so special.
This winter, the temperature in Ohio dropped drastically. In our family when this happens we hunker down in front of the fire and pull out our cold weather projects. Just about everyone in our family enjoys the art of knitting. I am not sure how many dishcloths, hats, scarves, and mittens have been created on those cold days.
So when the thermometer dipped a couple weeks ago, Nathan, Abigail and I found ourselves pulling out the supplies and going at our new projects with a vengeance.
As I have been steadily working on my new hat pattern, a thought occurred to me. Knitting is one of the few crafts that require a person to touch every stitch of the creation. In sewing you cut the material and sew around the edges, but in knitting you insert the needle, wrap the yarn, bring it around, and slip it over for each and every stitch. Your fingers are involved in forming every part of the final product.
What a wonderful example of how God lovingly created us. Psalm 139 says that God knitted us together in our mother’s womb. We were not all mass manufactured, but instead the God of the universe touched every inch of our frame, inside and out. We are unique in our looks, personalities, likes, dislikes, abilities, and more. Each one formed, stitch by stitch, with patience and love.
Not only that, but our heavenly Father created us with a plan in mind. Ephesians says we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which were planned out before our birth. The master knitter had the perfect pattern for each person and brought us into being with all wisdom and skill, one stitch at a time.
When you look around at the masses of people populating the earth and are tempted to feel small and insignificant, take another look in the mirror. You are one in a million created for good works in Christ Jesus because you are not part of a mass production.
You have been incredibly handmade, stitch on stitch, by the greatest knitter of all time. His product? The incredible handmade you.
Sandra Sheridan is a Midwest wife and mother of five. She shares her messages to her children with Farm World. Visit her at www.VersesFromMama.com