Decades ago I was part of a college Christian group that got together for Bible study, prayer and outreach. My friend Judy was part of that group. At one point she started arriving at meetings with her Bible and knitting needles and a bag of bright blue woolen yarn. She joined in praying, in talking about biblical texts, and in discussing the gospel with students who did not believe, but were curious. And she knitted.

Over the weeks the knitting project grew. A scarf?

And it grew: A shawl?

One evening Judy arrived with something even larger. The project had become a thick, bright blue knitted rectangle, some 4 feet by six feet. It was a comforter – a useful item in Wisconsin winters.

“I come bearing gifts!” she laughed, and handed it to me.

The knitting had been to purpose. Week after week, slow, quiet and deliberate.

Especially deliberate. No one knits by accident – God least of all.

In Psalm 139, King David knows it: “You knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (v13). This keen sense of being personally formed by God stands behind David’s equally keen sense of purpose: “In your book were written…the days that were formed for me” (v16). This sense of purpose feeds his confidence in the face of conflict. He tells Goliath, “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head” (1 Sam 17:46). Not very diplomatic, perhaps. But behind the bold, blunt words there is confidence in God. Here is someone who knows he’s on earth for a reason.

If you are reading this it is because you exist. If you exist it is because God knitted you into being. No one knits by accident – God least of all. Judy knitted that comforter for a purpose. Same as God knitted you.

© 2017 by Dave Perry