"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." Psalm 139:13-14
I was introduced to the world of cross stitch in the late 1980's by a coworker that became a good friend of mine. She explained to me the ends and outs of it and I surprisingly fell in love with this craft.
I stitched several small items, and one Christmas shortly after learning my new hobby, I made gifts for our parents. I loved the calming effect it had on me while working on one of my projects. I would sit for hours, with needle in hand, pulling the thread through each tiny square. Over time I had collected many different colors of thread and neatly organized them in their own carrying case.
I have a large piece I have worked on for at least twenty years, on and off. It is a beautiful picture of two little girls playing dress up. When I chose this particular sampler I had no idea what I would do with it when I finished (I have two boys) but I knew the satisfaction wasn't in the 'finishing' but the joy it would bring me in the making.
That cross stitch project has seen a lot of my life. It has been around in three different homes, and the raising of boys into teenagers, and now adult young men. It has also seen me through most of my career to being at home for the past fifteen years. At times I have worked on it steadily, and then I might put it away for a few years to then pull it back out again.
I am almost finished with it now; just a few loose ends to mend. To be honest I am kind of sad that it is coming to an end. I've spent a lot of time thoughtfully and intentionally tying every stitch exactly where they are supposed to be. I have poured over this creation with my heart and soul. I have gotten carried away in thought as I have worked on it, so many dreams and wishes are tied up in this piece of cloth (prayers also.) As you can tell it is special to me in more ways than one (and who knew that twenty years later I would have two granddaughters; amazingly they resemble the little girls on this piece.)
You know this is how God chose to create us. He knits us together in our mother's womb as sewing a beautiful tapestry, and continues His creation even after we are born. He sews the fabric of our lives together with every intricate detail as we go. He is there with us every step of the way. It is His intention to be close to us, which is why the Holy Spirit is available to live in our hearts. He longs to be near us throughout our entire journey of this life and into the next.
Your existence is tied up in His love and devotion He has for you.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Thank You for Your amazing creation of human life. We are intricately made in Your image and You desire an intimate, personal relationship with us. I pray that I walk through my life sensing Your presence always. In Jesus' name. Amen.