Lately, I have been knitting a good bit. I have been learning to knit for four years now. It takes me a long time to knit each dishcloth, blanket or scarf. So if I was going for cheap and quick, I guess it be better to just go to the store and buy one! But I’m going for substance unseen–into each gift, I weave life and prayer.
Perhaps the one receiving it may think, “Is this all?” Well, then they are missing the point.
So far, I have learned several new knitting stitches and have been actively knitting scarves. I knew they wouldn’t be ready this past Christmas–again, I am slow–but they should be ready at the end of this new year for gifts. As I stitch, I pray for the one I am knitting and I pay attention to the directions, lest I miss something and have to start all over (believe me, I have re-done and re-done). It is an act, if you will, of worship.
Yesterday, the Lord planted a new idea in my heart. It hasn’t yet come to fruition, as it is just a seed of thought. But it is something about knitting and something that affects me and you.
I was praying about God’s vision and intent for me–and for you. As I prayed I began to thank the Lord for the prayers of my soul that are unspoken–that I know and the prayers of my heart that He alone knows. It’s as if He is forming and knitting intention in me.
What that intention may be, I am not yet sure. But I know this. Just as He forms a baby in the womb and knits and cares for that little one, He is knitting some wonderful life in us. Some of that life is yet to be revealed. But He knows it and delights over it–and someday, He will breathe afresh into us and He will show us.
He says that He knows the plans He has for us…He knows! And they are plans to prosper us–do you really believe that? They are plans that will not harm us–even bankruptcy, Lord? They are plans to give us a hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11)
As I read in Job this morning, I filtered the little seed God began to show me yesterday through this reading. And I have to tell you, God has not changed from that moment to what He spoke to Jeremiah. He is the same and has the same way of doing things, the same heart for us, the same plans to prosper and not harm. So what about Job? What about the loss he went through? What about the pain he experienced? What about the doubters that surrounded him–even his own wife? And I know that God filtered through loving hands the life of Job and the loss off Job and the beautiful restoration of Job at the end.
I cannot really speak for Job, but this I know. The life we have experienced over the past few years has been difficult. The culmination ending in bankruptcy 3 years ago was hard. But I need to tell you–and I need you to believe this–we were not harmed by it. It was difficult and hard and no fun, but it was with the sight in God’s eye of giving us a hope and a future. My friends, we are prospering from the things we learned during that season.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
The whole counsel of God’s Word is always necessary before we can understand the picture of His ways. He is the God, who makes a new way in a desert, of all places. He knits your life and mine together in beautiful new-ness.
I don’t know about you, where this finds you today. But can you trust that the God unseen is doing something unseen and knitting new life and intent into your life? Can you hold onto just that? Well, it’s a beginning. I pray that He will reveal to you the wondrous act of His knitting over your life this day.