Today’s scripture selection: Ephesians 1-3
Key verse: Ephesians 2:10
Some years ago I came across a small hand-tatted cross – as in “made by typing knots in thread and using a small shuttle to form lace” – not as in “getting’ all tatted up” tattooing.
It was in a small drawer of an old secretary desk that my grandparents owned and I inherited. No telling how many years it had been there. Now, I carry it in one of my Bibles.
I’ve always appreciated handiwork like that. It takes patience; skill; and I’d like to think some love to put together something like that together. It’s a simple, but very real, work of art – all handmade.
Well, did you know you are God’s handiwork?
That’s what Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
I love that passage of scripture.
So often we are tempted to think we are “self-made” and we are proud of it. Sometimes we think that all we have been, all we are, and all we will be – it’s up to us.
But we know better, don’t we? We are the product of so many influences; so many ingredients. Family influences; cultural influences; our own special gifts – and faults.
But the scripture reminds us we aren’t just bits of mechanical obstruction. Neither are we just the result of genetic accident.
We are divinely created beings – gifted and touched by God’s own hand. We are God’s handiwork. And we all have purpose and beauty – just as designed.
So, when you are a bit down – a little discouraged – remember that. Remember you are a beautiful creation.
You are not a hand-tatted bit of lace. But you are a child of God – and that is a wonderful thing indeed. Just ask God.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for touching me with your creative hand and heart. AMEN.