For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:13-14).
Author Max Lucado is a man we associate with such favorites as He Still Moves Stones, Six Hours One Friday, and In the Grip of Grace. But did you know he has also written children’s books? One such book is titled You Are Special, a tale about small wooden people known as the Wemmicks. Each Wemmick was carved by the same woodworker, Eli. Like us, each Wemmick was different. Like us, each had a unique set of talents and flaws. The more successful Wemmicks received stars from people, while the ones who struggled were given dots.
Punchinello was a Wemmick who struggled to accomplish “great things.” Consequently he received many dots from the others. After a while he had so many dots that he wouldn’t go outside and play anymore, for fear of accumulating even more dots. The wooden people said that Punchinello was not a good wooden person. Eventually he believed them.
One day Punchinello met a Wemmick named Lucia who had no dots or stars. People tried to give her dots and stars, but they didn’t stick! No longer interested in receiving anyone else’s marks, Punchinello asked Lucia how she was able to do this. “It’s easy,” she replied. “Every day I go see Eli.”
So that’s what Punchinello did. He went to see Eli the woodcarver. Punchinello was surprised that Eli was so glad to see him and that he even knew his name. “Of course I do. I made you,” said Eli. Punchinello voiced his frustration about all his dots, and began to defend himself to Eli. Eli would have none of it.
“Who are they to give stars or dots?” Eli asked. “What they think doesn’t matter. All that matters is what I think. And I think you are pretty special.” After a while, Punchinello asked Eli why the stickers don’t stick to his friend Lucia. This was Eli’s response:
“Because she has decided that what I think is more important than what they think. The stickers only stick if you let them…The more you trust my love, the less you care about the stickers.” He then assured Punchinello, “You are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.”
Punchinello left Eli’s workshop finally beginning to understand the lesson. And as soon as he did, a dot fell to the ground.
In this imperfect world in which we live, let us remember this unchanging truth: each of us was fearfully and wonderfully made by the master craftsman.
In His Name,