Psalm 139: 13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
This is such a poignant passage from the psalms. The writer gives us an image of God creating people, “You knit me together”. This is not God speaking a word and – poof – there’s a person. Creation is not described here as an instantaneous event, but a careful process. God is One methodically knitting a person together, stitch by stitch, part by part. It’s an image that mirrors the slow process of gestation of a child in the womb. It is slow. Methodical. Thoughtful. Purposeful. Providential.
As many of you well know, this time of year is hard for many people. It can serve as a reminder of mistakes and regrets which often cannot be undone. I was talking to a person recently who described herself as a “screwup”. In her eyes she’s made a mess of her life. She believes God screwed up when creating her. Now, I understand the pain of regret because we all have them; things we wish we could go back and do differently. But that last part is something with which I take issue.
God does not create mistakes.
It’s true we may not yet be living into God’s dream for us. We may have gone off the rails a bit in life, gotten lost in the weeds. But receive these words from the psalmist. You are… “fearfully and wonderfully made”. That’s you dear brother/sister. It is God’s word for you today. It is the truth. Receive it in your heart, mind, and spirit.
Lord, let it be so. Amen.