by adustyframe ~ November 16th, 2010

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Have you heard the illustration that our lives are like a tapestry and we only see the underside? I like that one and I’ve thought of it before in comparison to our life. I think it fits.

I used to do a lot of cross stitch and I’d get so upset when the back side was a tangled mess. My mom said as long as the front looks right don’t worry about it.

Our life has been a lot of tangled mess on the back side. Hanging threads, knots, a design that looks like it doesn’t make sense. I don’t suppose we’ll see the top side until we get to heaven and know what God saw.

Recently, I heard this illustration again, but the speaker said, “Our life is like a tapestry and we only see the underside which doesn’t always make sense.” But then she said, “God is the designer and we don’t get to choose the colors.”

I like this twist on the illustration. Not only do I not get to choose the design, (or see the design), I don’t get to pick the colors either.

I think that God was using a lot of black in my tapestry over the past few years. I don’t like black! When I was a little girl, I used to color vehicle wheels purple so I could avoid black!

I chuckled about this when I prayed. I told God that I don’t think I’ll ever like black, but I know he’s making our lives into whatever design he’s chosen and that it will turn out how he planned.

I don’t have to like black, but I do have to trust my heavenly father!


3 Thoughts Shared to Tapestry

  1. Katrina

    That’s funny. I’ve always thought that about the back side of the cross stitch. I’d been told that the back of my cross stitch pieces look as nice as the front. But the full picture isn’t clear until it’s turned over. I think I even used it as an illustration for devotions while in college.

    Sometimes I’ll look at the various things I’ve stiched over my lifetime and look at the backs. Even though my technique has improved, it will never be perfect. It’s a constant reminder that I will never be perfect. Never be perfect enough to be perfect enough. Does that make sense?

  2. Barbara H.

    It’s neat, though, how black makes other colors stand out — and this darker season of your life has shown much of His grace. I do hope for brighter colors in your future, though!

  3. Pamela

    I had to laugh at the purple car wheels. But I think you make a good point. I’ve never heard it put that way. The cool thing is, even with colors He chooses, it is a Masterpiece.

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