The tapestry of life… a montage of all that once was to all we’ve become and soon will be, all which occupies our life and dreams, and all which defines who we are in the depth of our heart.
Wouldn’t it be neat to see a tapestry of scenes from your life… like the movie we see in our mind’s eye as we reflect back over the years? And from all those experiences in which we learned and grew emotionally and spiritually, what a journey it would tell!
I’d like to think my tapestry would show a woman who has grown wiser over the years… for I am well aware of my youthful immaturity and inherent failings. But, woven throughout would also be the golden threads of friends, mentors and teachers who came alongside and taught me with loving encouragement.
Having made small embroideries, larger crewel embroidered scenes, counted cross-stitch projects, and many quilts over the years, the fronts display their beauty. The back, however, is a different story. Hidden from view are threads that meander in a wayward fashion to the next section, or even hide mistakes – rather like my life! But, I also believe that the ups and downs and errors of life which those threads represent have all happened for a reason. As one of my favorite authors, Corrie ten Boom, once wrote, “Although the threads of my life have often seemed knotted, I know, by faith, that on the other side of the embroidery… there is a Crown." (Corrie ten Boom, 1974. “Tramp for the Lord: The Story that Begins Where The Hiding Place Ends”, p.12, CLC Publications)
It’s so reassuring to know that our life experiences have an intended meaning and purpose… that we might gain a wisdom we could not have learned otherwise. Nothing can beat the exciting happy times we all enjoy! But, it’s especially in understanding the depths of pain and sadness through losses suffered or mistakes made that we grow wiser as God guides us through our difficulties. How often we find that from those life experiences the Lord positions us to come alongside someone else who might be struggling and in need of an emotional lift. For we, too, have tucked away memories of treasured friends who traveled beside us when we were in need. Though we may not think of it that way, they are, indeed, the gems of our life… just as we are for others.
With these thoughts, I was reminded that “...in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV) Through our patchwork experiences, we bring our worship of “praise…to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (II Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)
What a cherished thought to know that whatever we go through, God will work it out for our good, our benefit, when our trust is placed in Him. From the blessings He gives to the difficulties He allows to come our way, may we grow in wisdom and, in turn, be used by our Lord to bless others.
Life’s tapestry… that which God has woven as His masterpiece of our life… a testimony to those around us… a visual reminder of how great His love is for each one of us, tarnished and faded though we may be. For we do have a purpose in this world… in living and serving our Lord and others with joy in our heart!
Life’s Tapestry Gems
Linda A. Roorda
Woven within the tapestry of life
Are threads of gold among the diverse.
These colorful scenes, a journey of years
Depict a life in memories treasured.
Memories like dreams elusive and wary
Some haunting echoes, some images clear
Some melancholy, some bursting with joy
Of all which dwells within my soul.
This soul You knew from before my birth
For You’ve called me Yours since time began.
You wove the threads in skillful pattern
Of who I was to who I am now.
For I am unique, a special design
The only version which You created.
And all of my life with its joys and tears
Helped weave the me who I've become.
These memories dear like gentle footprints
Bring quiet joy within my heart
To recall a world of growing wiser
With scenes that flood the gates of my soul.
As memories transport through all that once was
And draw me in to contemplate
Emotions run strong and images lie deep
From another time and another place.
Memories thus treasured and savored anew
Serve their purpose in visions tempered
By value and worth from sadness and joy
To understand life as it now presents.
Refining the love within my heart
Of those who walk among the threads
In vivid hues of brightly lit scenes
To bring a warmth and smile in my heart.
For the King of Light has woven my life
In mosaic rich and design unique
Of a life well lived through blessing and trial
In treasured scenes on tapestry rare.
Thus memories and dreams, threads of a lifetime
Have woven the fabric of this my life
While you, my friends and dearest loved ones
Are interwoven as tapestry gems.
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