Mistakes Aren’t Made by The Maker

Mistakes Aren’t Made by The Maker

Have you ever created something from nothing? Do you craft or cook? Have you manipulated or built something with your hands?

Before my womb exploded with children, I loved to cook. I was no Iron chef but when I plated my culinary creation, I liked to dazzle the eye. The entree was delicately placed on the plate. The side dishes complimented to make the mouth water. And a little garnish was added to give it that something extra. The work of my hands displayed care and connection to my culinary creation.

“Your hands made me and formed me…” (Ps. 119:73a NIV).

Throughout scripture, there are references about God’s hands as it pertains to us, his creation. He wants us to know his hands fashioned us (Ps. 119:73). No one can take us from his hand (Isa. 43:13). Like clay to a potter, he molds us with his hands. (Isa. 64:8) God doesn’t literally have physical hands, yet throughout scripture “his hands” are symbolically used to convey an immense care and intimate connection with his creation. It paints a picture of an intricate relationship between the design and the designer.

Have you ever pondered the time consuming care that goes into a design process? Just to name a few, the colors, materials, method, and intended function all have to be determined. The planning, preparation, and execution processes take thought, effort, and personal energy.

“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand” (Isa. 64:8).

Like hands shaping clay, the Father God molds us. He fashions our souls, weaves our hearts, and forms our bodies. He chooses our time and location. He forges our character and frees us from bondage. He has plans for our days and places passions in our hearts. He demonstrates his patience as we become pliable to his work in our lives, all showing his immense care and intimate connection.

My son loves to build with Legos. When he has created something, he shows it off to everyone in the house. If a younger brother were to break it, oh the crying that ensues. He has a caring connection to his Lego creation. He delights in it and is proud of it. He looks for a “special place” to put it to keep it safe from harm.

If this is how my son feels about his Lego blocks, how much greater is the care and connection the Creator has with you? He is a marvelous Designer and you are of marvel of his design. Let us allow the touch of his fingerprint to impress his divine value on us as his daughters.

Restore

  • Is your relational connection toward God deepened when you think of being molded like clay and God as the potter? What meaning do these verses hold for you?
  • Do you feel distant from your Designer? Do you feel a lack of connection to him? If so, why do you think that is?
  • Ponder these lyrics to He Knows My Name by Tommy Walker?

I have a Maker

He formed my heart

Before even time began

My life was in his hands

He knows my name

He knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls

And He hears me when I call

Rehearse

  • Let’s have some fun and create something with our hands. Make a gourmet meal. Play with your kid’s clay. Knit a scarf. Paint a room. Take a photo. Plant some flowers. Create something and explore the relationship you experience with your creation. Are you proud of it? Do you show it off? Do you seek others praise for it? What insight do you gain from this exercise as it pertains to the relational connection between a creator and their creation?
  • Who in your life needs to understand their value and importance? Sit down with them and create something. Draw a picture. Make a meal. Explore the connection and importance you experience between you and your creation together. Then tell them this is how God feels about them and share the verses we read today.

Father, what a creator you are! Thank you that you mold and form us as if with your very hands. Open our eyes to our detail and design! Show us our value to you. Deepen our connection with you. May we also help others see their importance in your eyes. Love, Your Daughters

 

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.