What Does It Mean To Be "Soul Knit"?

by Melanie Salamat

When I was younger, I remember the days when my older sister began knitting. She created hats and scarves, you name it, all at the whim of her hands, two needles and a handful of yarn. They would turn out so beautifully, in hues of blue or gray, or bright oranges and reds.

She'd work on these creations for days, often knitting while watching YouTube videos or any K-drama that she found worthy to binge. But, something I noticed about the art of knitting was how meticulous and long the process could be. There was a very intricate and precise means to it, and a mess-up could be just one twist away.

Knitted hats and scarves sitting on a soft white fabric. From left to right, Teal blue hat, beige hat, black circular hat, burgundy red scarf, an bright orange scarf.

Some of the colorful knitted creations by my older sister, Melissa

However, after all the careful and intentional twisting, by the very end of it all, you have yourself a wonderful handcrafted creation. Made to serve a purpose by keeping someone warm or bringing a bright smile to a face.

Sometimes, I think that this is the way that God created each one of us.  

Yes, all 7.8 billion of us. The thing about God is, He understands what He's doing when He makes us. Just like someone who knits, they go into their yarn and needles knowing what they want to create. They understand that every string must be tucked in correctly and intentionally in order to come together. No hat or scarf can be made by just tying some strings together and making knots here and there. These items cannot be made by accident. Just like us.

In Psalm 139:13-14, King David writes:

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.

Toddler Melanie with precious Mama Salamat

Long before my mother even knew me inside of her own tummy, my Creator knew my name. It often boggles my mind to understand just how well our human bodies and minds work. We are filled with so many bones, veins, and nerves that the sheer likelihood of humans working as well as they do should be unfathomable. But yet, here we are. We are so loved, that we have been known long before our very first thought. And we were not created clumsily, with wishful thinking and fingers crossed, but rather with intentional thought, care and love.

Knitted slowly but surely, handcrafted together for a purpose.

Loved and known by the Creator.

Soul Knit.

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