Made by God

Tuesday Reflection

3rd November 2020

'fearfully and wonderfully made'

13b knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because
   I am fearfully and wonderfully made

.... Psalm 139 13b,14

At the end of September,
a call went out in our church
for knitted or crocheted poppies.
Last year the same call went out
and the poppies covered a large cross,
which was put in the church,
for Remembrance Day.

It had such a good response
that nearly a hundred poppies
were left over.

This year a bigger project
is being attempted,
as the service was to be
exclusively outside
(now cancelled
because of the lock-down)
it was decided to cover
the trunks of two large trees
in the churchyard.

So, I got out my needles and wool
(left over from last year)
and started knitting.

Now, I am not
the world's greatest knitter;
my mother taught me to knit
at a very young age
but I am impatient,
I want to see results quickly,
so I never do anything complicated.

I also have to concentrate on
what I am doing
and rather envy those who can knit,
watch television
and hold a conversation;
so, these poppies are ideal -
I know my limitations!

As I was knitting,
the verse from Psalm 139
came to me
and I thought how wonderful
it was that God is not like us.
He painstakingly knit us
in our mother's womb.

He spends forever,
intricately shaping us;
I get impatient,
perfection isn't my aim,
so long as it looks OK
and does the job that's fine by me.

But to God each one of us
is exactly who he wanted to make us:
to our eyes, we may be too wide
or too thin;
too tall or too short;
the wrong type of hair
or colour eyes.

But in his eyes,
we are perfect.
He has wonderfully made us
to be pleasing to Him
and may we always
praise and adore our creator.
May we say as the Psalmist did

"I praise you because
  I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
  your works are wonderful,
  I know that full well."

.... (Psalm 139:14 NIV)

God has wonderfully made us
in His own image and His own likeness.
We are pleasing to His sight
and He longs to spend eternity
with us
where He will give us new bodies
that will be perfect and never age.
We won't have to spend a penny
on changing or on maintaining it.

We can look all around us
at nature and see God's wonderful work
of creation;
from animals to vegetation;
from mountains to valleys;
from rivers to oceans;

God is an artist who creates beauty.
Every time we experience
the beauty of nature,
we can be reminded that our creator
has done a wonderful work in us
and He has made us just how He wants us.

As God's workmanship,
each of us is a 'one of a kind' masterpiece.
More than that we can be created twice;
once, when we were physically made
(Psalm 139:13, 14),
and the second time,
when we accept Jesus
as our Lord and Saviour,
we are spiritually recreated,
'born again'.

'If anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation'

.... (2 Corinthians 5:17)

And we have a unique relationship
with our creator -

'For none of us lives for ourselves alone,
and none of us dies for ourselves alone.
If we live,
we live for the Lord;
and if we die,
we die for the Lord.
So, whether we live or die,
we belong to the Lord.'

.... (Romans 14:7, 8)

When God breathed
the breath of life into man,
God didn't just breathe air;
God breathed his life into us.
This life has a reason for existence
that can be found only
in our relationship with God.

Poppies are for remembrance;
may we never forget,
or take for granted,
the love that God has for each
and every one of us,
so much so
that he sent his only Son
to die for us.

13 Greater love has no one than this:
   to lay down one's life for one's friends.

.... (John 15:13 NIV)