Yesterday a widow from Florida and I were talking about the question that all of us ask when our husbands die. Why was this his time to die? In the course of our conversation we discussed how God’s ways are not our ways and how muddled God’s ways look to us.
Have you ever looked at the back side of a cross stitch picture? It looks like a jumbled mess of threads and is not something that you’d want to frame much less hang on a wall. We are standing down here on earth looking up at the picture of our lives from the back side and it just doesn’t make sense to us. Not only does it not make any sense, but there are times such as at the deaths of our husband that it looks ugly.
For awhile things looked pretty good, but then the threads start crossing or hanging loose and our life picture starts to look rough.
God created a plan for our lives before we were ever born. He’s looking down at the picture of our life from above. The messed up looking back side doesn’t worry Him or surprise Him at all because He sees how all of those threads are coming together on the top to create something beautiful.
It takes all of the colors of life to create our life story. We don’t like those dark colors because they represent times of sorrow and deep pain and if we had the opportunity to choose what colors God could use to create the picture of our lives, we would choose nothing but bright, happy colors or maybe even the softer, subdued colors. We would throw the dark colors away and never look at them. But, God knows that it’s those dark colors that define those bright colors and make them stand out. It’s in the dark places of our lives that the depths of our souls are illuminated and the person that we really are comes out.
This is where HOPE comes in – the hope that we have through our faith in Jesus Christ. Hope that all the colors that God is using to cross stitch the story of our life are working together for our good to create something more beautiful than we could ever imagine. HOPE that some day when we stand next to our Lord looking down at the story of our life, it won’t look like a jumbled mess or like mistakes had been made. HOPE that our life will finally make sense to us.
Take a look back on your life thus far. Can you see the threads that God has woven together to make you who you are at this very moment? If so, please share with us what you find.