a person using a loom

What is the tapestry of your life?

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Keeping our tapestry together

A tapestry is a beautiful piece of art when it’s finished. The weaver knows that all those bits of strand will eventually turn into something beautiful. They know that each step is part of the process. Why don’t we see our lives the same?

a person using a loom/tapestry

But we don’t, do we? We keep all parts separate, and only sometimes do we see our lives as a whole, where each part affects and is influenced by the other at the same time. This is particularly true with Christians.

Segmented lives

Our lives are intricately woven with countless threads of experiences, emotions, and relationships. Each segment of our lives holds its own significance and contributes to the overall picture. We should seamlessly move through different phases, transitioning from one chapter to another, like the weaver’s needle effortlessly gliding through the fabric.

Life’s tapestry isn’t always smooth

In this grand tapestry of life, we encounter various segments that define who we are. We have moments of joy and laughter where vibrant hues blend to create a colorful patch. There are also instances of challenges and struggles where dark and somber shades are interwoven, symbolizing resilience and growth. Each thread represents a person, a place, an event, or a decision that has shaped our journey.

As we navigate through life, our tapestry continues to expand and evolve. Sometimes, unexpected twists and turns introduce new patterns and textures, adding depth and richness to our personal story. We weave in and out of different roles and responsibilities, taking on the roles of a friend, a sibling, a parent, a professional, and so much more. Life is never the status quo. It may seem like it, but it isn’t.

Patchworked pieces of our lives

Quilt making is a good example. I created a patchwork quilt once. It was fun picking out the fabric and piecing them together. The stitching was difficult as expert quilters keep their stitches exactly the same, and I never mastered it. But that expertise comes only from years of experience. When I was done, and the quilt was finished, it all came together in a beautiful finished project. Our lives are much the same.

close up of patchwork patterned material/tapestry

Sometimes, our lives are beautiful patches of color. Other times, the patches are dull and frayed. The stitches of everyday living get irregular, and we wonder if we will ever get it all together. Don’t you feel that way at times? Like when will your life ever settle into some sort of normal? I’ve certainly been there myself.

Broken stitches

If our tapestry looks like a bunch of separate stitches that stop and start, we’ve got it all wrong. The stitching in our tapestry should appear as swirls, circles, and zigzags, all connected.

But often, I get to that point where I can look at my life as a whole and see how it all comes together just as God planned it. I can see that the broken stitches were all part of the plan, even though I prefer predictable, even stitches. Don’t you?

Trust God for your tapestry.

Our finished tapestry

It is when our journey reaches its culmination that the true beauty of our tapestry becomes evident. It is the moment when God calls us home. Just as a skilled weaver puts the finishing touches on their creation, so does God bring our life’s tapestry to completion. In that sacred moment, all the threads that have interwoven our existence unite. A magnificent masterpiece is created that reflects the love, the growth, and the lessons learned throughout our time on Earth.

Cherish every thread and segment of your tapestry. Embrace the journey, as every experience adds to the design of your life. Trust that God sees the beauty in every stitch and welcomes us into eternity.

Embrace the inevitable challenges and setbacks that life presents. View obstacles as essential threads that add depth and resilience to our lives. By acknowledging and learning from these experiences, we can grow stronger and more resilient.

Life, like a tapestry, is a work in progress, and each day brings new opportunities for growth, connection, and transformation.

In unraveling the tapestry of life, we begin to understand that every experience, relationship, and choice matters. By embracing the beauty of our own unique tapestry, we can live a life of purpose, connection, and fulfillment.

The Master Weaver

I found this poem that I guess has been around for years. I thought you might enjoy it. Apparently, the author is unknown. If someone out there knows otherwise, please let me know so I can give them the proper credit.

A beautiful poem

The Plan of The Master Weaver

My life is but a weaving

Between the Lord and me,

I may not choose the colors,

He knows what they should be;

For He can view the pattern

Upon the upper side

While I can see it only

On this, the underside.

Sometimes He weaveth sorrow,

Which seemeth strange to me;

But I will trust His judgment,

And work on faithfully;

‘Tis He who fills the shuttle,

And He knows what is best,

So I shall weave in earnest,

Leaving to Him the rest.

Not till the loom is silent

And the shuttles cease to fly

Shall God unroll the canvas

And explain the reason why–

The Dark threads are as needed

In the Weaver’s skillful hand

As the threads of gold and silver

In the pattern He has planned.

Isn’t that lovely?

God is the master weaver. He can take all those broken stitches and frayed pieces of fabric and create something beautiful. I know because God did it for me. My tapestry was ugly and frayed. It was more a rag than it was a tapestry.

God sees the possibilities.

But God saw the possibilities, and without those broken threads and frayed pieces, I wouldn’t be able to write about what I write about today. I wouldn’t have written four books or helped others through my experiences. Your life might be pretty unraveled right now, but if you continue to seek God’s presence, He will weave the broken threads of your life into a beautiful tapestry. I believe that with all my heart. Now, you need to.

God bless, and have a wonderful day.