May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Arts and crafts are not my forte. Sure, I've toyed with sketching and painting. I even learn to crochet and create quite a collection of afghans over the years.
But, nothing sticks. I simply don't feel competent enough to produce anything of lasting value or beauty. At least, with my hands.
I so admire people who can paint a portrait. Carve figures from blocks of wood. Sew an evening gown. Build furniture. Decorate cakes. Create one-of-a-kind floral arrangements.
And, I cherish the objects I own which are made by hand. Made with love.
Embroidery done by my great-grandmother and my mother-in-law. Gorgeous painting created by my sister-in-law, a family friend, and my aunt (her watercolor is featured above). Sweaters knitted by this same aunt for my children when they are small.
Gifts I will always treasure. Not just because they are beautiful, but because of the beautiful people responsible for each one.
Thankful that God has established such talent in the works of their hands.
And, so grateful to Him that He shows me its alright not to be talented in these areas.
To discover where He wishes to establish my hands.
To show favor.
Fingers flying upon the keyboard almost faster than my thoughts can come.
Are you gifted in arts and crafts?
Will you pray with me?
You have given talents to all of us, Father. Don't let us "sit on our hands" when we should be using them to Your honor and glory. May Your favor ever rest on us. Amen.
Psalms 87, 90 or 136
Numbers 11:16-17, 24-29