Recently while visiting with three of my sisters (in Christ), we were discussing our paths in this life...the things in which the Lord allows and how each of those things draw us nearer to Christ. I mentioned that so often what is happening does not make sense to us...whether it be in the timing or the events or the place or sometimes just the entire situation makes no sense to us. We were encouraging one another in our faith in the Lord and how not understanding does not negate obedience to our Heavenly Father. I mentioned that it must be the love and mercy of the Lord that does not allow us to see it all at once. I suspect that we simply could not bear the load.
The full truth...
The full degree of His glory in the situation...
The full burden of our own sin...
The complete forgiveness that envelopes us...
The total sacrifice that was made for our sins...
The amazing mercy that is being showered upon us...
I see our lives much like a tapestry. We see our lives from the back side of that tapestry. There are colors here and there and stray threads and stops and starts that make no sense. The back of the tapestry is almost like a blurred image. As soon as we get comfortable with being pulled this way, suddenly our thread is cut in half or twisted tightly into a knot. Sometimes the thread gets pulled so firmly that it breaks into two pieces.
I believe that the reality and the truth is that we have no ability to totally conceive how amazing and wonderful our lives will appear when one day we stand in Glory and the Lord turns the tapestry of our lives around and we see the front side. Perhaps it will all make sense...the timing, the things denied, the things that never made any sense, the hurt, the disappointment...
Or perhaps we will never see the front... Perhaps we will fall on our faces before our Creator and the things of this life will never cross our minds again.
The tapestry seems to help me see that I do not need to understand. I do not need to see the front. I need to ensure that I am daily lying the thread of my life out before the Lord. I just need to trust the hand that weaves me through the eye of the needle and have faith in the direction in which the thread of my life is being pulled. Know that the twisting, breaking, cutting and pulling is simply what is best and what brings God glory.
"But you will imagine that it is best that He should at once enable you to see clearly. If it is, you may be sure He will do it. He never makes mistakes. But He often deals far differenly with His disciples. He lets them grope their way in the dark until they fully learn how blind they are, how helpless, how absolutely in need of Him. What His methods will be with you I cannot fortell. But you may be suret hat He never works in an arbitrary way. He has a reason for everything He does. You may notunderstand why He leads you now in this way and now in that, but you may, nay, you must believe that perfection is stamped on His every act." ~~Elizabeth Prentiss from Stepping Heavenward~~
1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
27Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
33The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
posted by Mrs. Klause
November 19, 2009