I toyed with the idea of writing a weekly column and sharing the depths of my wisdom and when Crossmap gave me a chance…I drew a blank! What was I thinking? But like always, a little quiet time with God and He reminded me, it is not what I am thinking, but what He is thinking. The still small voice said, “You can do this, with my help.”
Psalm 139:13 says “You knit me together in my mother’s womb”. What a comforting thought in these days of confusion and unrest in the world. But God cared so much that He took the time to put me together and to choose my mother and her womb for my existence. What a comforting scripture when I have to face things I am afraid to face. Recently, my daughter came to visit us for a week. She is an adult. I am her mother. To me she is just a kid. Others see a beautiful young, accomplished woman and I see just a kid. Others see a brave, resilient soul, but I see just a kid. You get the picture.
Rather than stand back and see what God knit together in my womb, I stand back and say, “Are you sure you want to wear those mismatched socks? Don’t you want to leave your hair the color it is? Are you eating right? What time do you get to bed at night?”
Take all this a step further and as Christians we often forget to remember that God knit all other people together in their mother’s womb. We see a homeless man, begging for food or holding a sign and God sees one of His children suffering. We see an alcoholic spending the family’s grocery money on beer and God sees a person that He personally knit together, crying out for help. The list could go on. I am quick to offer advice to my daughter, “If you would have listened to me.” Or I think about the homeless man, “Just get a job.” Or about the alcoholic, “Quit drinking and use that money to feed your family.”
David the Psalmist continues by saying, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm139:14) As I contemplate this scripture, I remember that God created all of us for our special purpose. Sometimes that is a hard pill to swallow, but it can be a humbling yet exhilarating thought. We are all worthy to be saved and worthy to be loved. The job of the church is to do the work of God on earth for Him. Many people who get disgruntled with God are really upset by “the church”.
“You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” You knit all of us together and we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. I don’t ask that we let our daughters wear mismatched socks, or give to every homeless person we see; I ask that we pray for those people and ask God to open our hearts. How astounding a thought to remember that God loves the homeless man on the street, the alcoholic, people of different religions and the sinners as much as He loves us and to him we are all just a kid.
He is quick to offer His advice, “If you would have listened to Me.” How easy it is to pray a quick prayer, list our wants and needs, air our grievances and get on with our day. If only we will we will take a moment to listen to the God who knit us together in our mother’s womb, direction will come, answers will be apparent and we will never leave the house with mismatched socks again.
All scriptures are from the NIV Bible.