Monday, August 24, 2009

WEAVING AND BELIEVING...

Do you ever read something that just GRABS you?
Well, I just did...it was over at Lallee's Cottage...she wrote:
God's shalom of
peace--the literal
translation refers to a garment intricately
woven with many
threads making a cloak that completely envelopes and cloaks us (keeps us safe,
warms us--brings peace).

Sometimes we don't like the stories (or people) God chooses to weave us into.

When we comply, by His strength, then we become part of that beautiful garment.
It was this question that really caught my eye: Whose life are you denying to be
woven into to bring them blessings?

What a wonderful question. It
started my wheels pondering...

Denial is a decision...
By denying we are 'keeping our color out of their
life
tapestry' when we 'hold our strings too tight and refuse to let them become entangled with the other colors'.

Why is it we seem to let our eyes go to the knots first?...seeing the ugly, seeing the mess, seeing something we don't want to spend time trying to unravel. I certainly find myself thinking things like this.

We talk ourselves into denial because it is the 'easier stitch to wrap around our needle' and slide away from the Holy Spirit
speaking in our heart.
Our denial turns us away before 'seeing the pattern from God's view', the view where the LIGHT is JUST RIGHT.

Shadows don't overtake His view of His creation because He sees to the very HEART of each soul, He knows
the hairs on every head, and He knows every 'string' by name.

Anyone working with yarn knows that more complicated stitches are best when executed with 'soft hands' while working the harder, more entangled stitches...they become the most-valued portions of the project.

Knots on the back may mean a new direction or a changed color...sometimes we 'run out of thread', we give up on our project and throw the 'unfinished piece' in the bag where it will be alone, without the loving hands of commitment to complete the pattern once intended.

Who but God's people, those who read His Word, should be able to recognize a bad decision (at the moment) but KNOW that God uses poor decisions and/or bad choices to BUILD UP a blessing in His creation. God calls us to be His hands, to reach into that bag, pull out those unfinished pieces and share His Love in every stitch until it is 'completed' and allow yourself to be 'worked in' to someone else's project, too...they might need a blessing of friendship, or possibly forgiveness.
And, hey, they might like your color!

Remember: You're the only YOU God has ever made...and He didn't 'leave you in the bag'!



Blessings,

10 comments:

Lallee said...

What a beautiful addition to what I said. Adam (pastor) would love to know how God's Word is continuing to trickle out. I love the extras you added.
Hugs,
Lallee

sara said...

that was so good!! thanks for it this morning!

Yolanda said...

As you know from being at Higher Grounds, this speaks volumes to me. And as a woman that enjoys a new bag of yarn, as well as the old...it is a "golden" thought for me. Love to ya!

2Thinks said...

Good thoughts for pondering while I work on my drawer cleaning project now.
Thanks!

Heart2Heart said...

It is true how we as believers see so many flaws and never the perfections or uniqueness about someone. We judge the exterior or the words someone may use, we even judge what people read, or watch but fail to really uncover what is really beneath it all.

I am in the process of trying to see those imperfections or knots and see them as the perfect masterpiece called created all of us to be.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Kim said...

A great encouragement not to let our knots and imperfections be an excuse. Love the photos accompanying your post too!

After Spanish today we ran into Cordoba and actually made it home in just over 3 hours! Amazing. Found out that going shopping right after lunch is the best time because everyone else is home taking a nap :-) We hit two stores that normally take more than twice as long. Pretty excited because now I have time to start catching up on some blogs :-)

Karen said...

Made me really think! Great post!

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

Wow, what a powerful post. I am such a worrier and always see the "worst" in myself. I need to step back and see the good. Love the pictures you added and your words are really sticking in my mind this morning. Thank you.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I actually have a picture of the oldest with his arm on the youngest's head for the last 4 years. I hadn't even really noticed it, but they have their own little tradition. LOL

Have a Blessed Day,

Cece

Greg C said...

This was a great post. I read it several times. :)

Andrea said...

God weaves wonderful things into our lives. I tried about 10 times before I was able to join to follow your blog. I know GOD has wonderful things to share with me here.
Blessings and prayers, andrea