Crowned with Victory: on smallness and how it shapes our making
We know that God works in small, intimate ways. He is a God of detail. We know that when we look at a created thing, we only see more detail. More craftsmanship. More intentionality. More complexity. God’s abundance is on display all around us and all creation echoes His name. When we draw near, we quickly feel small. And loved. Because there is astounding power in small as He wraps His arms around us.
Admittedly, EH was born out of weakness. We simply can’t boast about ourselves here. And I’m grateful for it. Looking back over the life-span of our company, we can only ever boast in the name of Christ. He is surely strong when we are weak. (We share our full-becoming story in print here.)
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Everyday Heirloom is a small business creating small designs with a small employee count (just my husband and I). We’re living directly in smallness and we’ve come to more fully understand God’s bigness because of it.
Our mission with Everyday Heirloom is to Adorn the Beloved with wearable art. My husband, Jake Weidmann (our generation’s modern-day Bezalel) hand-carves and hand-engraves our designs, making them all the more unique and heirloom-worthy. (I can say these things about him because he never would, which makes it all-the-more rewarding as the storyteller of our lives and calling; for how God is working in and through us as sub-creators for His glory alone.)
One of the ways we co-labor with God, or sub-create, is directly through our work as creatives. I suppose we’re often asked how we come up with our designs or the inspiration behind our work: they’re all God whispers and echoes of Eden. We take what He has already given us through His Word and we reflect the Truth through tangible, wearable reminders of His faithfulness.
We’re so excited to release more sculpted designs later 2021, but to look back on one of the hand carved designs that’s been a star in the EH collection is the Laurel Wreath a.k.a the Crown of Life.
This design declares God’s faithfulness amidst trials and serves as a reminder that He turns our sorrow into dancing (Ps. 30:11); He turns our trials into victories!
This pendant was initially hand-carved under a high-powered microscope to get the details just right. It was carved with 40 total leaves on the Wreath, specifically chosen for the way the number 40 represents trial throughout scripture:
40 days and 40 nights it rained on Noah and the ark. 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai. 40 years the Israelites walked through the wilderness. 40 days Jesus fasted before he began his ministry…
Let us be reminded that for those who run the race of faith, they will be given an imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:25); that for those who persevere through various trials, that they will be crowned with life (James 1:12 and Rev. 2:10).
Friend, the closer we look, the more we see. He is a God of abundance and detail; of romance and beauty.
It really isn’t any question of how we come up with our designs. For starters, they’re not our own. They’re God’s ideas. We’re needy for Christ and as He calls us to this work of adorning His Beloved with Identity, Hope, Love, and Life, we must know what He promises. He IS our inspiration and we pray that God gives us eyes to see and ears to hear (Matthew 13:9, Isaiah 6:10) so that we might be filled with His instruction, only to then pour out and graciously give as we have been given (1 Chronicles 29).
Even if you never collect an EH design, our prayer is that our work and the Message they carry point you always to Christ; that what your eyes behold your heart might also, ministering to you in surprising, beautiful, transformative, Only-God ways.
Written by Hannah Weidmann of Everyday Heirloom Co