Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Tapestry

When I was seventeen and in grade twelve, I had the opportunity to go to England on a school trip. It was a chance of a lifetime to see and experience all that England has to offer, especially for someone who loves history like I always have. We saw most of the popular tourist sites as well as some that were not part of the tour books but were still rich in history. During the trip we went to the British Museum and I saw a beautiful tapestry. It was enormous and filled a whole wall. It was made of beautiful threads that had been woven together by some person many, many years ago. the person was long gone and by the world, forgotten, but his or her work survived and was enjoyed by each successive generation.

I have always loved tapestries because they tell a story without using words. The picture tells the story and by looking at it carefully you can see the story unfolding in front of your eyes. During the Middle Ages, the ladies of the castle would weave beautiful tapestries that told of their husband's exploits and conquests. They would hang the tapestries in the great halls for all to see and they became prized possessions. Hand made tapestries do not have a smooth, even finish. Usually made of various shades of wool, the wool would have a bump here and there, which added texture to the finished product.

Our lives are a tapestry which God, Himself, is creating. It's not finished yet, He's still working on it and will be until He finishes and calls us Home. When we are born He starts weaving the threads to make this beautiful creation. Sometimes the threads will have bumps, those are the trials that we all face from time to time, but they just add to the texture that is our life. Sometimes He will use a bright red thread for the passion that He will bring into our life, sometimes a blue for the peaceful times. Sometimes He uses white to represent His light that He directs our steps by. Purple is in there to remind us of His royalty and that He sent His only Son to die in our place for the payment of our sins.

There are many colours in the tapestry of our life. When we face a sadness or a joy, a trial or testing, a celebration or death, each one adds to the person that we will become. Every situation that comes our way is allowed by the Lord and will be more threads to add to our tapestry. The Lord is making each of our lives into His work of art and when it is finished, and we are called Home, it will be left behind in the form of memories for all to see His handiwork.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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