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Macramé Bird Bath

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.

The finished birdbath

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.

My Prayer

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.

Heart and Will

Those of you who follow my blog will know that I made a decision to trust in the Lord and not lean on my own understanding with regards to booking plane tickets to New Zealand at the best price.

That was a decision of my will. Sometimes it’s harder to do nothing than to do something. I’d like to report that I trusted the Lord with my whole heart, but if that was the case, why was there this constant knot in my gut. I was vigilant. First thing in the morning I would check my emails, concentrating on the promotions. I checked again at lunch time and again before I went to bed.

Once Australia Day had passed with no special, I thought Valentine’s Day would be a good option. When that passed, I held out for Leap Day on 29th Feb.

On Friday I told the Lord I didn’t know how much longer I could keep this up and confessed my lack of wholehearted trust. My Psalm for the day was Psalm 102 and I felt inspired to substitute Zion for my name. So it read:- “But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Jenny, for it is time to show favor to her; The appointed time has come.” (vs 12-13) and “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” (vs 18. both from NIV)

On Sunday (yesterday) I had a Whats App message from my son waiting for me when I woke up. He had sent a link to a special as part of the Travel Expo, and suggested we pull the trigger and book. The price was less than the special in January by about R4 000. This answer to prayer did not come from the airline I was expecting it to. Isn’t that often the way. I think the Lord delights in surprising us with the unexpected.

So now we have our tickets and are really going. I am so excited! The Lord has blessed me, not because of anything I have done (even my trust was wonky,) but because of His Grace. Thank You Lord.

My husband and I went out for lunch to celebrate.