I have been a weaver for many years, and I’ve gradually learned the art of weaving, honing the skill until it became my own art and different from every other weaver. God has created each one of us as unique creations – absolutely one of a kind. We are woven by God.
A weaving begins with a loom, a frame, a hoop, and some type of firm outward structure. Upon the structure the warp is strung in parallel lines with a strong yarn that holds tension, such as linen, cotton, or tightly spun wool. Woven over and under the warp is the weft (also called woof), which is usually a wool (sheep, llama, or yak), camel or goat hair, or cotton or flax (linen).
The progression of row upon row of weft climaxes to a weaving, a creation. (Final steps vary depending upon the use). From the front, this woven piece of art has composition filled with pattern, color, and texture. It is creative and beautiful looking to the eye. From the backside, there may be loose ends of yarn of every color and of various lengths spaced unevenly throughout.
As the artist, I can’t help but question my creativity, even my ability, if I only look upon the back. If I am God’s woven piece and I see myself from the back, taking note of the unraveling, the mess, what some might call the worldly view; then I give myself freedom to feel incomplete, ugly, and unworthy. So how does God see me since I am His weaving? From the front or from the back?
He knows me. He created me. He sees me wholly, knowing the beauty of me and the parts of me that have been honed to be more like Christ. He also sees my loose ends that need trimming, tucking in, or rewoven. He knows those incomplete areas of my life and that my character still needs work. God wants me to see His work, me, as His masterpiece from the inside-out, the outside-in, and from front to back.
Although I may look more like the back of the weaving today, in Eternity I will be complete in Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (NIV) reminds me: “…that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I humbly submit myself to my Creator and to His good work.
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.”
– Psalm 139:13 (NASB)
“Father, You are my Creator. You knew me long before You even began weaving me in my mother’s womb. You love me as I am today. You also see me complete. I am being woven into the image of Christ. I do praise You, Abba Father, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Forgive me for allowing the world or my own self-talk to tell me otherwise. Precious Lord, I desire to see myself as You do. Help me to submit areas in my life that need reweaving and the loose ends that need trimmed, including…”