One of the things that I love about the Word of God, beyond its power, revelation, and promises, is the imagery God uses throughout Scripture. God will use vivid word pictures because they help us embrace and understand things that are hard to wrap our minds around. Psalm 139 is an example of this.
In Psalm 139, the Word literally describes our uniqueness. Verse 13 says, “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” I love this imagery that, long before you were born, God was up in heaven knitting you together.
Some knitting projects take on years; but the person doing the knitting knows exactly what they have in mind. Now, on the outside, as you’re watching them knit, sometimes you don’t know what they’re knitting. But when they’re all finished, it’s a masterpiece. Why? Because they take their time putting it all together.
When I was working in Germany, there was a mother who knit a pair of socks for me. I was there in the winters, and it gets extremely cold in Germany. I have those socks to this very day. They are the most comfortable, warm socks in the world! Guess what? I can’t find any socks like them—and believe me, I’ve tried. Why can’t I find them? Because she knit those socks just for me. They’re one of a kind That’s how God feels about you.
We’ve got to trust your Creator. What do I mean by that? Isaiah 64:8, says: “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all the works of your hands.” This is another vivid word picture. This verse is saying that we all start off as clay; but God is the potter.
“You and I have a choice to make. If we want, we can choose to mold ourselves; we can say, “You know what? I think I know the best way to deal with my issues. I think I know the best way to handle my marriage. I think I know the best way to deal with my insecurities. I think I know how to handle this situation.” You can make that choice; but you’re going to get a pretty sad, lumpy mound of clay as a result. As a matter of fact, part of the reason that some of our lives are in the state that they’re in is because that’s the best we could do.
However, you can choose to say, “God, I trust you. I’m in your hands. I’m clay, you are the potter. God, I trust you. I trust you.”
You were knit together with care, for a purpose. Who will you allow to mold you—yourself, the world, or your Creator?