For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
Isn't it cool to think that God knitted you together in your mother's womb? Knitting takes time for us humans... it takes patience and time and effort and perseverance. Of course, God needs no time or tools - He made all things by the Word of His power, including the heavens, the earth, and me. And you.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself. . .
Listen to the comforting words God spoke to Jeremiah, who was reluctant to speak for God, because he was young when God called him.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Not only did God form the heavens and stretch out the earth, not only did He form Jeremiah (and the rest of us) in the womb, He KNEW him. He consecrated him. He appointed him a prophet to the nations.
God has a plan for you. He knows you; He consecrates you; He appoints you for a special task.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
It may not seem like much. You may be going about your business, living a quiet life of obedience and praise, wondering if your life makes a difference at all in the greater scheme of things.
You may be like my friend Royal, whose plans to plant a church in Argentina were shattered by the birth of his disabled son. Royal had to leave his beloved Buenos Aires - it ripped out his very heart - because his precious son needed medical attention. He wondered if his time there, which proved to be so much shorter than he had planned, made a difference.
He's back in Argentina, visiting for the first time since he and his dear wife left, weeping so hard they could not see to board the plane.
"Seeing them now after these twenty and more years I've heard many of them tell me about seemingly small things that I did or said that made a profound impression on their lives. What captures my attention is that I was only going about my work and seeking to be faithful and had absolutely no idea that these things were actually so significant in the lives of these people.It is a wonderful lesson for me, for it is a reminder that perhaps more often than not we simply do not know what impact we are having on the lives of other people. In fact I dare say that perhaps even most of the time we have no idea if our daily lives are significant for the cause of the kingdom or not."
Simple things. Things this faithful missionary did that made a profound impact on the lives of others... so much so that even after all these years the people are thankful.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
You are his workmanship, too. You have work to do that only you can do. God formed you in the womb and consecrated you, appointing you to do the things He in His wisdom designed, that ONLY YOU CAN DO.
You are a unique treasure of God. There's no one more youer than you.
In the words of Dr. Suess,
"Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You."