Guatemala IV: The Weaver


I always buy tipico belts when I am in Guatemala. The belts are what Guatemalan women use to tie their traditional dresses around themselves. They also make great guitar straps. The other day, my friend Chris used one of these belts to teach us about The Weaver…

1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:1, 13-16

One of the most special aspects of each belt is that it represents the origin of its maker. I have two belts from Santa Catarina, where my friend Evelyn is from. I also have one from Comalapa which my friend Lidia wears with pride. Yesterday, I bought a new belt from my new friend Vivian, who is from San Antonio. Her mother made it with love and pride.

To weave a garment takes care and time. There is love woven into each piece of fabric. And there is a commitment to that labour of love. That’s how God views each of us.

God is the weaver. He knit you together in your mother’s womb. Your inmost being was created by the Lord in the secret place. He saw your unformed body and carefully ordained your life before it even started.

Isn’t this a great encouragement? I am comforted to know that God knows me. He knows me from before I came to be. He knows my most intimate details and characteristics. He formed me by his hand to represent his image.

Today we should praise God because we are wonderfully made. By him. This is gold for anyone who is struggling with fitting in or feeling loved or understanding your value to God. God values you. He loves you. You fit with him.

Just like the tipico belt represents the origin of its maker, we represent the image of God our Maker. Our origin is with God. Let’s keep connecting back to our maker…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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