Wanting to make a scarf I went to a small shop for supplies. I bought some knitting needles and chose a soft yarn in pomegranate red. Now, imagine with me that while I am delightedly knitting my scarf, it develops an attitude, finds a voice, and begins saying things like… “What are you making me into? A little scarf for a little neck? I’d rather be a sweater. And who picked this color? Didn’t you see the yarn with the shimmers in it? I want to shimmer. Will I be a long scarf? Because if I have to be a scarf I want to be a long scarf, a very long scarf. Will I have a fringe? All the scarves have fringes.”
Of course my little scarf did not, and could not, say such things. But if it had, I would have offered this rebuke, “Whoa now, let’s remember something. I am the knitter and you are my creation. I like scarves. Don’t you understand how beautiful you are to me? I have plans for us. One day it will be very cold and I will need you. I will wrap you around that little neck you mentioned and go out in the chilly air and you will keep me warm. You’ll be perfect. You won’t be so long that you get caught in my car door or drag on the ground. And, you will feel nice against my skin. Shimmery threads can be scratchy. Besides keeping me warm you will provide a cheerful burst of color in a cold dreary season.”
Have you ever scowled at the way you are made? Wished you were made of tougher fiber? Wished you had a more glamorous quality? Or just wished you were… different? Your Creator would have you know that he thinks you’re beautiful and that he designed you the way you are for a special purpose.
O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NIV