Tapestries are woven on a loom. Like most textiles created on a loom, the weaver sees the tapestry from the back side as he weaves. One of the things that makes a tapestry unique is the design, often representational, using tiny threads of different colors to create a picture.
In life, we are like the threads of a great, God-woven tapestry. We each have our own unique color and texture which we add to the beautiful picture as God weaves us into the fabric of life. Sometimes we travel, for a time, with certain other threads, whose path is parallel to ours in the design. Then our paths may diverge as we (or they) are taken over to another part of the tapestry for awhile. There will be some whose paths cross ours repeatedly; not traveling together but bumping into each other from time to time.
What makes it hard for us is that we cannot see the front of the tapestry while we are in this life. Rather than seeing the beautiful picture we are helping to create, we see the somewhat chaotic, seemingly random underside of the tapestry. We wonder why some people are in our lives, and why others have drifted away or have been removed from our lives entirely. We may feel like our own thread is going nowhere, or around and around in circles. When we get to the other side of the veil, we will see the tapestry from the front, and we will understand why we needed to have these experiences. We will be able to observe first hand the beauty that has been created out of our lives by the master-weaver’s hand. And we will feel joy, happiness and gratitude that God has indeed had a plan for our lives all along.
- Identify people in your life who travel the same path, no longer travel the same path but once did, or cross paths with you briefly from time to time. How does it make you feel to think of them as threads in your tapestry?
- Can you catch a glimpse of or even try to imagine what the front of the tapestry looks like? Describe the beauty in your corner of the tapestry.