Being a crafter from an early age, I enjoy making things from various media and giving life to something with the help of a pattern. I wonder how God views the results of this hobby, and does it serve the purpose intended for my life? A couple of verses from the Psalms have been rising to the surface during my daily meditation time lately. “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.” Psalm 139:13-14.
These words by the Psalmist help me to realize that God is the example, using his “craft” to give life to human beings, his children. He then gifted each of his children with something that they can do to honor God and do his creative work in our world. His artistry is so evident in our universe, my prayer this week is that I will be inspired to use my “artistry” to help someone in need.
In the last several years, I find myself giving away almost 90% of what I make. Before that time, it didn’t really occur to me to give away things that I made to people in need. A few years ago, along with some knitter friends, we got busy with our needles to make “preemie hats” that were then donated to a hospital. I am only sorry that I spent so many years at a craft and didn’t contribute to anyone really in need. I recently found that World Vision has a program called “Knit for Kids.” Check it out here – http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/getinvolved/knit-for-kids. I intend to start a sweater soon and I am encouraging any of my “crafty” friends to pick up knitting needles or crochet hooks, make some sweaters and send them on to World Vision. The patterns are easy, I promise! Get out there, be an artist and use your gift!
Today, my pastor used the verses from Psalm 139, that I quoted at the beginning of this post, in her benediction. Coincidence?
When I finish the Knit-for-Kids sweater, I will post a photo here!