Have you ever thought about the tapestry that you are weaving into your life? It is a tapestry that is made up of all kinds of different things — hopes, joys, dreams, disappointments and sorrows — each of these things (and many more) have a unique and special function to perform. Every day we add bits of different colours, patterns and textures to our tapestry; all coming together to shape our lives.
What is a tapestry? It is a pattern or picture that is created by sewing or weaving different coloured threads into a special type of strong cloth. But our lives can also be thought of as a tapestry. One writer has written: Each season creates a new part in our tapestry of life, We are all weavers — weaving our hopes and dreams, joys, cates and sorrows into our tapestry each and every day. This reminds me of Peter Yarrow’s ( of Peter, Paul and Mary) song “Weave Me the Sunshine” — Weave, weave, Weave me the sunshine, out of the pouring rain. Weave me the hope of a new tomorrow and fill my cup again.
Some people may think that the way their lives are going, they’re not weaving much of a tapestry with their lives. But let me remind you that there are no ugly tapestries. Every one of us, at some time or another, make mistakes, or if you prefer, we sin. What you see as ugly, is beautiful to God because your life is just waiting to be touched by His grace. Remember what Paul wrote in Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. (The New Living Translation)
Every strand that you add, every colour, texture (be it coarse or smooth) adds another pattern to the tapestry that is your life.
You may be thinking that your tapestry (your life) is full of mistakes. Over there strings are hanging out, here there’s just a bunch of knots. Then there’s the colours that don’t go together and over here the patterns don’t make any sense at all.
However, there is something that you need to remember. You may be weaving your tapestry, but God is the Master Weaver.
What you need to do is step back and take in the whole perspective. This something that we cannot easily do because for the moment all we can see is the back of our tapestry with all of its twisted knots, pieces of mismatched colours and bits of string hanging out.
Everything looks like one big mess!
But one day you will see your tapestry from the view of eternity. Then you will step around to the front and see the beautiful patterns that have been woven throughout your life and your reaction will be one of awe at the wonder of God’s grace.
So don’t despair, but believe and surrender your life to God in Christ. Let the Master Weaver do His work and be filled with His grace.
I am writing this on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. I hope that this Lenten season may be for you a time of drawing closer to the Lord, and that it will be a time of strengthening your walk with Him.