Knitting and God.

November 9, 2019


Did you ever feel as if God dropped a stitch when he knitted you together in your mother’s womb? Winter is knitting season in Norway. At the age of 10 when I first learned the craft, I often dropped stitches and created runs down the front of the scarf or sweater. Unseemly gaps marred the my work. I also knitted too loosely so the shape got lost.

Sometimes I have felt like that first sweater. My memory is missing a stitch (or 2 or 3). Weaknesses gape like holes. Sins show up like tangled knots. My shape differs from the woman I dream of being.

Nevertheless Psalm 139 in the Bible says this:


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.


It is often a long journey to accept our humanity. It can take even longer to embrace the fact that God delights in us.

But something magical happens when we do: we become that gorgeous, intricate star pattern sweater with woven, multi colored ribbons and pewter clasps. So my encouragement to you today is to rest. Rest in the Creator’s hands and let him finish the knitting. And while at it maybe grab a pair of needles and apply yourself to the craft?


For more adventure, buy May's latest book "Hidden Wings" on the Books page of this blog.



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