Less Likely to Unravel
When I was growing up, my mom loved to cross stitch, which is a form of sewing where X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. It sounds complicated because it is. Anyway, she had an entire Longaberger basket filled with Aida cloths, thread, needles, and patterns. One of my favorites, which I have in my home today reads, “Life outlined with prayer is less likely to unravel.” From time to time, I will stare at this artwork, and I’m amazed at the precision and patience my mom practiced as I remember watching her complete each one. Each design was so unique, and she never rushed to finish. She took her time picking out colors that would coordinate the beautiful pattern. She would work in an accent color or two that at first look stood out and appeared not to fit but once finished, it added to this particular beauty of the finished product that would look incomplete without them. When she finished, she would take the completed embroidered picture to a frame shop. The type of frame used had the back completely sealed, where it would never be able to swap for a different design.
The Bible tells us that God has seen every day of our life. When I sit and remember my mom sitting in her chair making new cross stitch artwork, I can visualize God sitting on the throne cross-stitching, knitting, all the parts of our story and the days we would live. I see Him carefully picking out every detail and weaving His character into us. I can even see Him picking out accent colors that at first glance, does not appear to make sense. These accents are shaded with pain and the tragic circumstances of life that we would not have chosen to stitch beside the good things in life, but when God pictures the finished work, which only He knows, He sees that every thread fits perfectly into His beautiful design for our lives. He says, ‘It is good.” He then seals it with a promise that the glory of Jesus Christ will be revealed in us, and there is nothing about the finished artwork that can be changed.
In many seasons, we would not have picked the threads of pain and heartbreak. We would much rather have our lives colored with what we deem as beautiful, but God does not work that way. Even Jesus’ story had to have threads of darkness and death. That was God’s will for His life, and enduring pain is a part of His for us. Find the hope that when He looked at the life of Jesus, He saw how those threads fit perfectly into Jesus’s story because He did not stay dead. He sees the same for you.
God knows the beginning and the end because that is who He is. I urge you to pray for the ability to see God’s perspective and view the threads of pain and heartache that seem to interrupt the design of your life as threads of strength and perseverance as you journey through and trust that this thread of His design for your life fits beautifully in His good story for you. Having His perspective will make you less likely to unravel.