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For I know the plans I have for
you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you Jeremiah 29:11
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
When I was a small child, my grandmother
used to sew a great deal, and I would sit at her feet and
look up from the floor to ask what she was working on. She would say that she was
embroidering. And when I asked her what did
embroidering mean, she would patiently explain that embroidering meant using a
wooden or metal hoop to secure a chosen fabric, then making designs on it with a needle. From time to time as she
worked, I would see her change the color of the thread
in the needle.
The hoop contained two round, interlocking pieces and I would watch her carefully place a piece of fabric on the smaller of the two,
then fit the slightly larger one over the smaller one. This allowed her to pull the
material taut for embroidering. To me, it resembled the top of a
small drum. From my vantage point at her
feet, I could only see the back or the underside of her
embroidery as I watched her work within the boundaries of that wooden embroidering
hoop she held in her hand. There she would sit, her sharp, shiny needle threaded with a brilliant
color thread, making bright in-roads on a solid color cloth.
I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat at her feet
looking upwards. The threads and knots that I
could see from the underside were all different colors that looked impossibly intertwined
and tangled. It looked a mess from my vantage
place on the floor, and I kept telling her how odd it looked to me.
SHE would smile,
look down and gently say, "My child, you go about your playing and when I am finished
with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side." As
I went to play outside, I wondered why she was using some dark threads along with the
bright ones and why it all seemed so jumbled and disordered from my point of view. There was nothing beautiful there that I could
minutes would pass and then I would hear Grandmother's voice calling, "My child come
sit on my knee." Climbing up and guided by a loving hand, I
saw something I could not see before. I could not believe the beauty I saw on
the top, because from underneath it looked so sloppy with tied threads everywhere. Then
Grandmother would say to me. "From underneath it did look messy and jumbled, with
strings of thread in a knot, but you did not realize that there was a plan on the top. It
was a design that was carefully prepared and I was only following that plan. As you look
at it from my side, you can now see what I was doing."
I was surprised and thrilled to see beautiful flowers in pure, stunning, life-like colors spreading across the top
of the hoop. How beautiful it looked!
THIS is true of our
lives as we make our way, trying to do what the Lord would have us do. We cannot see how our lives look to God from the
top. We cant always see the divine reward of our actions in this life because of
the entanglements, knots and huddles we face, the loose
threads of uncertainty, the messy seams we can never hope to untangle with a human hand.
MY vision only
allows me to see a limited sphere
here and now from a human perspective. I
cannot see the possibilities in all that I do. I cannot know that the dark threads
represent all the toils, trials and pitfalls of my life, and are being lovingly
and patiently embroidered into a thing of infinite beauty by God and His angels. Even as I push forward in His name, He is embroidering
the suffering, tribulations, tears, hurts, betrayals and all that I have faced into a masterpiece of eternal perfection.
ALMIGHTY GOD, Who created this whole world, is continuously at work
creating something precious out of all our human tangles.
He takes the jumble and broken threads of our lives and embroiders them into
something so dazzling, so beautiful that we will stand in awe someday, looking at the
unique work He has lovingly wrought just for you and for me.
WE will see our lives embroidery laid out in precious
splendor, held gently within His Infinite Hands. All
the tattered knots and tangles will become a perfect testament of our obedience and
faithfulness, for only He can look beyond our human frailties to read the hearts of
us. Our lives will be smoothed out, taking on the beauty God sees on the top. There will be no underside on His master
AND so, through the many times and years that I have looked up to heaven and
said, "Father what are You doing?" And He has lovingly answered, "I am
embroidering your life." I say,
"But it looks like such a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark.
Why can't they all be bright?" The
Father seems to tell me, "My child, you go about your business of doing My business,
and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on my knee and you will see my plan for
your life from My side."
Ephesians 2:10 tells us For
we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things He planned for us long ago.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways, says the LORD. -= Isaiah 55:8
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- Publisher of CatholicView
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