You would never find my vintage personal tapestry in the palaces of kings and noblemen. It has mainly been constructed from ragged torn cloths.
My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me,
I do not choose the colors,
He worketh steadily,
Of times He weaveth sorrow,
and I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
and I the underside.
Not till the loom is silent,
And shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the canvas,
and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful,
In the skillful weavers hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
1 Corinthians 1:
27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God.
Woven on the underside are threads I do not show. Yet, it is those very unseemly warp yarns that give strength to the overall completed design. Without them, my Tapestry would unravel. The warp is held under high tension during the entire process of weaving, and warp yarn must be strong.
“Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors” (Gen. 37:3). As a result, Joseph’s eleven brothers despised him and sold him into slavery. What his father meant as a blessing, resulted in an abundance of grief…both for Joseph and his Father.
22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Through all that Joseph suffered and endured, God was with him. His mercy and favor was upon him (Gen. 39:21). ‘…because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.’ (Gen. 39:23).
We know how the story ends. After much suffering, Joseph did not harden his heart. Instead, he chose Mercy. ‘4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.’ (Gen. 45)
In our pain, we often do not see the completion of our Tapestry. Hindsight is a marvelous thing, however. Joseph, after many years arrived at this conclusion: ‘20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.’ (Gen. 50).
His coat of many colors became a cloak of God’s Righteousness and Grace.
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
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