There is so much in this world constantly competing for our attention that we might identify with what they are pushing or selling. Not all of them are bad in of themselves until we begin to believe the lie of that being our identity. For example women often identify themselves with being a mom or a wife and men often identify with their job title. These are positions and roles, they are an extension of who we are, and they are what we do, but they are NOT your identity. The following verse only begins to scratch the surface of who our Creator God says we are.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
I appreciate the analogy of knitting something together and want to play on that for each person to have a new perspective on who they are. Let’s imagine you lovingly decide to knit a winter cap and scarf for a family member or friend. Long before you entertain the thought of this gift somewhere in the world someone else had to first consider making the very yarn you will choose. That person might choose to make yarn from a variety of different fibers – animal, plant, or vegetable. Animal fibers include wool, mohair, angora, silk, cashmere, llama, alpaca and qiviut (musk ox) and are made of mostly protein. Then there is cotton, linen and ramie which are vegetable fibers. In addition, before there is yarn it must first be spun into thread which is an art in itself.
Next, there is a relationship between the yarn maker and the merchant the yarn will be sold to. Then the merchant will decide which store in which the yarn should be sent carefully considering the market, geography, and demographics of an area to receive the best value for the exchange between merchant and consumer. Because you are making the cap and scarf we’ll pretend the store the yarn lands in is one you frequently shop.
Still prior to this thought coming to mind you had to have an interest in learning to knit, some teaching or self-taught on how to knit, and have put in the hours and practice to arrive at a place where you could make such a gift. All this learning and practice takes time and resources, (money) to develop a new talent. Most of all it takes a generous heart to then want to share your time, talent, and resources with others.
Somewhere, somehow, the desire to gift this to your friend or family member has come to mind so you drive to that merchant’s store after a long day’s work at your job where that yarn sits in a bin waiting for you to find it. As you consider who the cap and scarf are for memories bubble to the surface of your mind, and you catch yourself audibly laughing. You remember your friend or family member likes wearing bright colored clothing and are big fans of a particular television show. As you think on them the yarn seems to jump out of the bin knowing this will accentuate exactly as you see them and in your mind’s eye and can already picture them wearing the knitted cap and scarf you have not even began to create.
Depending upon your training and experience the process of knitting a cap and scarf can take anywhere from one week, to a month, or more. Night after night when you arrive home from work you dedicate time working on the cap and scarf. You may even intentionally add a few imperfections for character to the artistic masterpiece matching the quirkiness of the personality or possibly adding other small touches like a flower or a sewing patch as you think about the individual.
As you continue to give willingly of your time to the wonderful work intricately woven in depths as you continue making the cap and scarf so it’s completed within the framework of time for the exact moment you want to deliver the gift to the person who will receive it remember the following: The one who lovingly accept and receives the gift will see the cap and scarf, the one who knitted the cap and scarf will see the knitting process, the one who made the yarn will see their process, and so on. Creator God sees every intricate detail of His masterpiece, fearfully, and wonderfully made, from beginning to end with YOU in mind with a purpose, on purpose, and for a purpose.
It is my prayer that you will purpose to glorify God, never doubt your beauty, and that you would see yourself as God sees you. In the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen!