The Ojo de Dios, or God's Eye, is a simple weaving made across two sticks and is thought to have originated with the Huichol Indians of Jalisco, Mexico. The Huichol call their God's eyes Sikuli, which means "the power to see and understand things unknown." When a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father, then one eye is added for every year of the child's life until the child reaches the age of five.
What You Need: Multi-colored yarn, 2 Popsicle sticks, glue.
Cross the sticks and glue them together. Number the sticks according to the illustration. Glue the end of the yarn behind the center of the cross.
Hold the crossed sticks so it appears as an "X". With the yarn hanging from the bottom, wrap it diagonally over the top of the cross point, going over stick number one and behind it.
Turn the cross one clockwise turn to stick number two and repeat step two. Continue on to stick three then four. As you wrap the yarn, make sure each row of yarn lies side by side and not on top of the row next to it. Continue to wrap the yarn until you see an eye forming at the center.
Continue wrapping until you reach the ends of the sticks. Tie off at the end and tuck under. The tassel is optional. Tie a loop of yarn on top to hang your God's Eye.
Bible Object Lesson
The Bible has hundreds of verses about eyes--God's eyes, as well as our own eyes. Here are just a few:
"The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good" Proverbs 15:3.
". . . 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 139:16.
"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry" Psalm 34:15.
God watches over all people. He sees the wicked and the good. But the really great news for God's children is that his ears are attentive to our cries! This means that God loves us and cares about our hurts and disappointments.
God wants to hear from you!
When you see your God's Eye craft, be reminded that God's eyes are on
you and he cares for you! Ask God to open your eyes to understand more about him! Here's a great verse to memorize:
"Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law" Psalm 119:18.
Copyright 2001 Sarah Keith
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