I recently explored Lifestyle’s Garden Show with a friend. I was interested to see that macramé hanging baskets are fashionable again. I was inspired to make a hanging birdbath for our garden.
I chose tarred sisal because it is for outdoor use. The string itself does not look very pretty or memorable. Compared to some of the beautiful coloured wool available in the wool shop, it looks very drab and uninteresting.
Knotted together, the string becomes something beautiful. Now that I have completed my project, I am pleased with the result.
This is a parable of most of us. On our own we are not particularly good looking, talented or memorable. Yet if we allow the Creator to take control of our lives, to twist us into knots when necessary, to make us pass through tight spaces on occasion, all according to His pattern and design, we can become part of something beautiful for the Kingdom. We don’t get to choose with which other pieces of string we are intertwined. We are required only to let go and let God. Imagine trying to knot an article in macramé where each string had a mind of its own and wanted to tie itself into its favourite knot! When we think we know better than God, we just make a big, tangled mess.
The Bible doesn’t talk about macramé and string, but it does talk about living stones.
“…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5 ESV)
The stones on their own are nothing special. It is the craft of the Builder that makes something wonderful from a pile of stones. But only if they let Him.
Father God, I submit my life to You again. I give You permission to make of me what You want, to rank me with whom You will, and use me for Your purposes. Amen.