I open the Holy Pages and read, "Their hearts might be....knit together in love".
My mind drifts to a group of us, sitting and talking, as we women do. One or two reach into diaper bags or purses and pull out a pile of yarn and needles. As my only craft involves my fingers on a keyboard of one kind or another, I watch in awe as strands of yarn are joined in such a way that I can't see where one begins and ends. They are perfectly meshed together!
The passage I read is speaking of Christian brothers and sisters. I can think of no more fitting application of being "knit together" than that of a marriage, especially considering that the Bible calls a married couple to be "one flesh".
As I watch my friend busily knitting, I think of the end result. I own several lovely blankets and baby clothing items that were hand-knitted for me and my children. Those separate strands of yarn that were previously not particularly useful for anything have now become a warm, comforting cover for my baby. Not unlike a marriage that is knit together in love. Two individual strands become one in such a way as to make a lovely addition to the family of God.
One other thing comes to mind as I see the flying needles and the developing masterpiece. What happens when one tries to separate the strands to their previous state? From my viewpoint as I finger the blanket covering my sleeping baby, separating the masterpiece into individual strands of yarn will require ripping. Tearing. Damaging the lovely blanket.
What happens when one tries to restore a one flesh relationship to individuals once again? Ripping. Tearing flesh. Much more than a baby blanket is destroyed. Searing pain causes a couple once joined and now torn asunder to realize that healing only comes from the Creator Himself.
Her needles fly as we talk about school and diaper brands and what we're fixing for dinner that evening. I gaze at the strands and pray to my Creator, "May our marriage always be knit together in love. What you have joined, let us not tear asunder. For the tearing would not only bring us great pain, but it will do away with the blanket of comfort and hope we are to be to the world for You."
"So are you going to take up knitting?" she asks with a grin. I smile. I think I already have.
Jennifer Self is a disciple of Jesus Christ who loves following His plan for her life as a wife to the most wonderful man in the world and mama to four little blessings. Her days are filled with spending time with her man, homeschooling, preparing reasonably healthy meals and keeping the dust bunnies and the clutter monster at bay with a little blogging mixed in. After her family has been taken care of, she dabbles in her other passions of reading, health and music. She blogs about her life, her Heavenly Father, marriage, parenting and home at www.joyeverafter.blogspot.com and real food for real families from the perspective of real faith at www.growingreal.net.