I know I annoy my wife with this habit of mine. I like learning new hobbies and new ways of craftsmanship. I am always searching for the next craft, or art project and purchasing the tools to make it happen. For Hanukkah this year, I learned myself and taught my kids to finger knit (Gotta love YouTube). As we sat and worked together, we had so much fun. So I felt led to learn to knit in the traditional way. I was curious as to whether the Father was leading me to learn this skill or whether I was seeking a way to find a relaxing activity. The answer came this morning.
Acts 18: 3 “…. and because (Paul) had the same trade as they, making tents, he stayed on with them (Aquilla and Priscilla); and they worked together.” Tents were knitted and woven together and if you follow the Hebrew understanding of this, they were making Tallits also known as “prayer shawls.” As I am beginning to learn this skill, I am realizing how easy it looks but in fact how much skill, practice, and peace it takes to complete this task. I can imagine Paul sitting while doing a seemingly mundane task but letting his mind wander and the Holy Spirit teaching him and speaking to him. As he would maybe miss a stitch or a binding and having to go back through and repairing the mistakes of his works. How each of us are tied together to form something so much bigger than we can see from our perspective. He would come to understand how precious clothing is and how the Father said that we were not to worry about being clothed or what we would wear because He would clothe us in His power. Psalm 139:13 “For you fashioned my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” I see Paul being taught as to how YHVH knitted us all in our mother’s womb. As I am learning knitting, I am beginning to understand the level of care He took to make sure we were born as the perfect fruit of His vision. The Father is a master knitter. He took the simplicity of earth and matter and fashioned us together intricately. I picture the needles sliding in and out of the threads and seeing Him gently sliding off the loops from the ends as a soul begins to form. All the features, all the quirks, all the talents, and all the love fused into the project. I would love to believe that Paul understood the Father’s work even more after coming to be an Apostle of the Messiah and seeing how everything in the Scriptures is woven into a picture of Yeshua. How every stitch and every loop ties one concept to a prophecy to a principle to a picture. Let us all see how simple the methods of our Father in Heaven are, yet how intricately He has knitted all of creation together. Shalom!