A Tapestry? Or an Unraveling Thread?

tapestryI’ve heard it said that time could be pictured like a form of tapestry; intricately woven together by the Creator, thread by thread, lifetime by lifetime.

From humanity’s perspective, we see only the underside of the tapestry.

Instead of a tight knitting of fabric, we see only loose, hanging threads; Instead of subtle shading and blends, we see only mismatched colors and clashing hues; Instead of intricate design, we see only chaos.

But . . .

If we were to see it from God’s perspective, we would then see the inherent plan, the complex intertwining of events and lives, the sheer beauty and meticulous detail the Creator has been weaving together from the very beginning of time.

Do you think your life, in whatever length, is meaningless?  That your contribution, in whatever form, is insignificant? 

Have you ever pulled a loose thread from a favorite, comfortable shirt, only to weaken the surrounding fabric, leaving a hole that grew and grew over time until the shirt was good for nothing more than a garage rag or simply to be tossed?  The whole garment became useless for what it was or could have been, simply through the loss of that one thread.

Your life, your contribution, is a thread in the tapestry of time.  It is integral, essential.

Does that mean without your thread, the tapestry of time will unravel?  Well…probably not.  And yet that thread, along with all the threads surrounding it, makes the whole fabric stronger.  Not so much by all that it does, but simply through being what it was always intended to be.

You have no idea the significance your life is taking. 

Your simple smile to a stranger as you pass may be like the beating of a butterfly’s wings, leading to a random act of kindness of hurricane proportions in the coming weeks.

Life is a “mingled yarn, good and ill together”. Making a success of life (however we might measure that) requires us to work out how to come to terms with all of it.
~ UnkleE //theway21stcentury.wordpress.com

Ecclesiastes 11:Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.   If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.   Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.   Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both. (NLT)

 1 Thessalonians 5: 14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.   15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.   16 Always be joyful. (NLT)

6 thoughts on “A Tapestry? Or an Unraveling Thread?”

  1. Hey Kent, I reckon the tapestry when viewed from Gods side is completely filled-in by the work of Christ, fortunately my feeble contribution is hidden in His work, what do you reckon? cheers Graeme

    1. My goal in writing this piece was a play on the idea that God indeed has a plan–for you, for me, for all who choose to believe the claims of Christ. A large part of this plan involves our acceptance that, though we may never fully understand the “how’s” and “why’s” of this plan, we must simply trust that there is indeed an intricately woven design to all of life’s events. Maybe, in turning your comment sideways a bit, not so much that “God’s side is completely filled-in by the work of Christ” but that if you think of a tapestry as a wrap or a quilt, then the work of Christ is the intended purpose, or the “covering” aspects, of the tapestry God is weaving.

        1. Ohh, you and your stones, Graeme!! Ha ha! Actually, I’d love to discuss further. Let me shoot you and email so we can ramble on without taking up so much space on the wall here. Look forward to talking with you!

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