By Dave Grant
Have you looked at the back of a
tapestry or needlepoint? Usually, there’s a tangled-looking
mess of threads of many different colors going in many
different directions. But if you turn it over, the design
has purpose and beauty.
Our lives can be compared to a
needlepoint in which the many different circumstances and
directions look like there is no design, rhyme or reason.
Many times we are unable to see how all those different
things can be woven together to create a beautiful picture.
I think that is because we are looking at the underside of
the picture. God is looking down at how it all works out in
creating something good.
”And we know 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).
Notice the Word says, “in all
things God works,” which would include all the distractions
and circumstances, both good and bad that we encounter in
this life. God works it for good—not He makes it all good.
He weaves together all our struggles, challenges and
victories to accomplish His purpose. That’s where we get the
beautiful picture of our lives from a jumbled mess of
threads and colors—God works it out!
His purpose is that we be conformed
to the likeness of Jesus. Now that’s a beautiful picture! We
may look at our lives and say, “No way!” But God looks at
our lives and starts weaving and working it all out for
good, and He sees Jesus!
- Dave Grant, via THE
SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of
Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and
editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: