“Only Heaven will reveal the top part of God’s tapestry” – Corrie Ten Boom. I am reading “The Hiding Place” and this quote by Corrie Ten Boom stopped me dead in my tracks. It is just so true. Our lives here so often look like a tangled mess, something that is hard to make sense of, something that seems so random and unorderly, something that looks like…well…the back side of a tapestry. Yet what we don’t realize is that what looks seemingly like a big random mess on one side is really yielding a most beautiful design on the other side. The problem is that we can’t see the top side…yet. But one day, one glorious blessed day, we will indeed see the top side of that tapestry.
And not only will we see the top side of the tapestry and marvel at its beauty, but we will come face to face with the artist of the tapestry, and fall down and worship Him exclaiming, “You do all things well.” We will see that indeed the tapestry that he created of our lives was something most beautiful and most glorifying to Him, even though we couldn’t see it at the time.
O how I long to see the top side of the tapestry of my life that God is weaving. Right now, all that I often see is a tangled mess. I have too many questions of “why” that look like threads tied in ugly knots. I have hurt and pain that look like frayed threads of many colors going nowhere. I have confusion and uncertainty that just makes everything look like one tangled mess. This is the back side of my tapestry.
But I truly believe in the artistic ability of my creator. I truly believe in His goodness, love, mercy, kindness, and power. I know that His plans for His children are to bring glory to His name forever. His plans are to fashion His children more and more into the image of His son, Jesus. His promise is to cause all things on our tapestry to work together to create something most beautiful that even the angels in Heaven will marvel at the finished creation.
And so all that I can do is trust Him and move forward. I’m banking everything on His promises and His character. I’m not hedging my bets. I’m all in. And I believe that I’m safe and secure in Him. I believe that He really is making something beautiful even though I can’t see it now. But I will see it in Heaven.
Life is filled with a lot of pain. We are walking through our own grief in the loss of our precious Susana that often still just seems like it happened just yesterday. We are also walking with a friend in the grief of the sudden loss of her husband just a few days ago. We continue to hear about others we know who are sick, who are fighting childhood cancer, or who have had loved ones just recently die. It has been difficult. I have seen the pain and hardship of life more in these last few months than I ever have in my whole life. My grief and mourning over Susana is much like the weather. Some days are filled with sunshine. Some days are cloudy with a chance of showers. Some days are just overcast. And some days are terrential rains. Perhaps that is the way it will be from now until the day when the Lord brings me home to glory. By His grace, I can live with that.
But even so, I am experiencing more and more the pains that are often associated with our struggle here on this earth. Jesus prepared us for these struggles. He told us very plainly, “In this world, you will have many troubles.” But He didn’t just leave that as the end. He gave us the promised victory that we hold onto. Right after saying that we will have many troubles in this world, He triumphantly states, “But take heart, for I have overcome the world.” What a glorious hope that we have in Jesus. He is the victor. We will not suffer ultimate defeat. We may feel defeated at times while struggling through here, but we have His promise that we will stand with Him in victory on that final day.
And it will be during that victory party in Heaven where the top side of our tapestry will be revealed. It is only then will we see the beauty that God has been fashioning in us all throughout our tangled messed up lives. Yes, He will one day make all things new. I can’t wait!!!!!