A beautiful life is made in the same way in which a beautiful tapestry comes together, one stitch at a time. It begins with a purpose and a plan. The skilled seamstress does not say to the shopkeeper, “Give me whatever fabric and threads you want, I’ll make do.” She doesn’t pick a random color to thread the needle, close her eyes and poke the fabric at any spot that’s convenient.
She begins by deciding what the finished product should look like and carefully chooses the goods which will give the desired results. A quality end piece requires thoughtful preparation and quality raw materials. The beauty she creates depends on the care she takes along the way. If something isn’t right, she doesn’t throw it away; she carefully unpicks the threads and works the section over again until it meets her approval. Always being mindful of a beautiful finished product helps her persist as she encounters difficult sections along the way.
From time to time, the sewer changes her view from the small section on which she works so intently, and holds out the entire piece at arm’s length for a broader evaluation. Likewise, we should examine our lives to see if we are on course.
Consult the Pattern Maker and ask Him, “How am I doing? Is the tapestry of my life pleasing to you?”
The Good News is that we have a Redeemer who lives every day to intercede for us, to show us the way, and whose strength is actually perfected in our weakness. He will be a lamp to our feet, a light to our path.
God reminds us that He knows the plans He has for us, and they are good; perhaps not easy, but life here is not easy. It will always have difficulties somewhere, sometime. But the choice is ours; we can work our plan or His plan.
The surrendered life is the one who says, “Your plan, Your way, Lord.”
And that is the thing we are often too reluctant to say. It’s too scary, too out of control. We fear what it might mean; separation, hardship, poverty, heartache? Maybe.
We are likely to encounter these things anyway. The decision, then, is would I rather walk through my trials with Christ, or without Him.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11, 13 NIV