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, or four different colors
of yarn, 2 Popsicle sticks, glue.
What You Do:
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
If you are using
different colors of yarn, tie the next color to the end of your yarn
and continue to wrap as before. Change your colors as desired. If you are using multi-colored yarn,
continue wrapping till 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 for hanging 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."
"...your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me
were written in your book before one of them came to be."
"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their
cry." Psalm 34:15
God wants you to know that whether you are his child or not, he watches over all of mankind.
God's eyes are on 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 more than just knowing when we are hurting, or
disappointed. To be attentive to your cries means that God loves you and cares about your hurts
and disappointments. He can help you when you are hurting. He
wants you to talk to him and tell him when you are having a difficult
time. He wants to hear from you!
Now every time 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.
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