I’ve been thinking about how many times my life makes no sense. When I made bad decisions. When things didn’t go the way I had hoped or prayed. Or when I did everything right, as I thought God would expect, but He didn’t respond the way I thought He would. Have you ever been there? Are you there right now?
This week, I was watching a Netflix series, and the main character said something that spoke right to me:
“God’s plan is like a beautiful tapestry. And the tragedy of being human is that we only get to see it from the back, with all the ragged threads and the muddy colors. And we only get a hint at the true beauty that would be revealed if we could see the whole pattern on the other side, as God does.”
This reminded me of something I read years ago, “Reflections of God’s Glory” by Corrie Ten Boom. Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions.
Corrie is speaking to children who are sitting at her feet on the floor. She slowly unfolds a cloth with hundreds of strings pulled through it and tied in knots. It all looks very random and doesn’t seem to make any sense.
Just as we see this cloth and string, we may see our own situation in life as a tangled mess. We sometimes question God about what is wrong with us, why we sin or falter, or why He has allowed bad things to happen to us. In reality we simply have a very limited perspective of God’s plan for us and what He is doing in our lives.
Corrie then turns the cloth around to reveal the other side. It is a beautiful tapestry of a crown of gold with multicolored jewels.
This is what God sees. From His perspective, we are a masterpiece.
When our life is the messiest, we need to trust God the most. If our lives were perfect, would we need Him? During the darkest times in our lives, God is present, weaving a beautiful tapestry.
There is also a well-known poem about tapestry, The Weaver, by B.M. Franklin.
My life is just a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaves so skillfully.
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And explain the reasons why-
The dark threads are as needful,
In The Weaver’s skillful hands
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
How often do we see dark threads in our lives or in the lives of others and wonder why? The death of a child, a mother taken by cancer, a fire destroys a family’s home. We may think God couldn’t possibly use this for His Glory, or our own good. Yet time and again, in His infinite wisdom, God takes the worst circumstances and redeems brokenness. He brings healing.
When you find yourself in difficult circumstances, remember that He sees the finished canvas. He is the Master Weaver. He takes the darkest threads and mixes them with threads of silver and gold, to create something beautiful. Trust in Him. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of Faith. You are God’s Masterpiece.
Let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~ Hebrews 12: 1-3