Monday, April 2, 2012

Basket Making

I am a basket maker. Basket making has a long history. In the Bible, St. Paul escaped Damascas by being let down from the city wall in a basket. I admire that basket. It must have been large and very well made to carry a man down a city wall.

It's obvious that someone made that basket. But who made the man? Was he just a collision of bits of protoplasm, collections of molecules, that "happened" one day or one night?  If someone said that my baskets were "lucky coincidences," I would not think highly of that person. I know what goes into making a basket, the calculations, the selection and preparation of materials, the practice my hands have had in holding things at the right spaces at the right times, the planning for the right use, size and shape.

So, too, something that is made that is beyond my ken, must have been well planned, known, selected and shaped in someone's mind before it came into being: a house, a car, a computer.  How about a tree, a cat, a man?  How about St. Paul? The mind of God is way beyond what we can comprehend.  How great a mind to formulate and create these things.  Beauty, life, a human mind, what kind of mind can create those?  Certainly worthy of awe.


  1. So true! I always thought that story was a lititle bit funny.
    I clicked over from the challenge list.

  2. Very interesting. Amazing where a familiar starting point will take you.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the challenge.

  4. I've never met a basket maker before---thanks for sharing this lovely post.

    Look forward to your challenge run...
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  5. Basket maker. Letter B, nicely done! :)

  6. Hello,

    What a great post! I think this is my new favorite blog! I will definitely be back to see what you dream up for the other letters, and to read more of your lovely writing. Would love to see some pics of the baskets you make.

    I am doing the A to Z Challenge as well. Take a peek at my blog too if you get a chance! I write humor. (Well, I make myself laugh, and sometimes that's enough.)


    p.s. you HAVE to read my step-mom's blog post from yesterday, it was about baskets and the people who make them. I KNOW you will love it, here is the link (how weird that I read your piece today after reading her piece):

    1. Here is a link to a picture of one of my favorite baskets to make:

  7. I love your post and musings. You are right to look upon creation and wonder. The creations of the Creator leave no room for chance. What a slap in the face it is to say the cosmos could happen by chance when the world is filled with subsequent "creations" of man. An artist, a scientist, a surgeon, an engineer... would all bristle at the notion their work happened by chance and all they have done is paltry in comparison to the works of His hands!!!

    I look forward to the letter D!!!

  8. Absolutely worthy of awe! Glad I stopped by today.

  9. my mom used to have tons of baskets around. i had a few but i was getting sick of them taking up space so i eventually tossed them out, but they are nice when you're organizing stuff and want your house to look spiffy! :D