Knitting Lessons…

I recently spoke with a teenager who, after dropping out of school and leaving his family home, found himself in jail with no education, no home, no job and little hope for his future.  He clearly was at a low point in his life, and was putting himself down even further with every word he spoke to me.

God planted a question in my mind for this boy, so I asked him if he had ever seen anyone knit.  He was, with good reason, thoroughly confused with the abrupt change in topic, but he indicated that he had often watched his mother knit.  I asked him to remember that picture of his mother, how she held both hands in front of her and focused intently on the object she was making.  She curled strands of yarn intimately around her fingers as she precisely moved the knitting needles to bring the intricate pattern in her mind to fruition.  Then I quoted Psalm 139:13 to him.  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  I asked this teenager to stop telling himself he was a worthless loser, and to remember instead that the very hands of the almighty, infallible God knit him together while he was still in his mother’s womb.  To be encouraged that God infused His inmost being with just the right gifts and talents necessary to fulfill God’s plans for him.  To know that the omniscient mind of God not only designed Him, but also centered His vast attention to bringing that flawless design to fruition.

This boy was, in fact, uniquely, intimately, hand-crafted by God … a work of art never to be duplicated.  If God, who rules with utter perfection from His throne, created each person with such a unique, intricate design, how could this teenager see no value in himself?  How can you fail to see the immense value in yourself?  How can anyone?

Instead, we should shout the acknowledgement found in the following verse: I PRAISE YOU BECAUSE I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE! Psalm 139:14


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  1. There are so many children that need that reminder that they are valuable. I recently heard a story of a boy in the Dominican Republic. He lived among the poorest of the poor. He was attending a trade school funded by Christians from America. The Americans came to visit the school and enjoyed watching the young people learn a trade. The boy stepped away from his project and said to the Americans, “I am proud of you for helping us. Most people do not care about us.”

    This act of genorosity helped this boy see that he does have value. It gave him a hope for a bright future. What greater blessing can we pass to a child that the picture of a bright future.

    Matthew 25:35 And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, 36 I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? 38 And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 39 40 Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.’

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