“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” – Ephesians 2:10 (NIV).
There is a tradition which is fast disappearing in Uganda, involving the weaving of a mat. In the olden days one of the past time activities for women was using dried reeds to weave together a colourful tapestry of a mat then used for seating. Seeing an experienced mat weaver use her hands to delicately put one together was quite moving, especially as it all unfolded from one single reed into one huge mat.
No mat weaves itself and there must be a weaver who puts it together. The Apostle Paul has also compared our lives to a mat- with God weaving pieces of each of our fragments into a beautiful creation. Now some of the fact about mat weaving is that it takes time, which the most experienced know well. For any of us to grow into the person God desires of us is a process, where God is patient with us as He puts us together.
A difference through here is that for any mat those reeds do not have a choice or a will of their own to excuse themselves. In our case we do have the wherewithal to agree to be part of God’s handiwork or not. God never forces anyone into salvation. It is always a personal choice!
Christians are privileged that not only do they have the best creator, one who put together the planets in their order, but can gladly rest assured that even for those things not clear or uncertain in their lives, He has them at heart and in the end a tapestry will emerge. So, today, all should rest that whatever challenges one may be encountering, it is God at work, and just wait for His finished product.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a joy to know I am your handiwork and everyday you are perfecting me into a beautiful creation, to ever worship you, and for this I thank you, this I pray in Jesus’s name!