A Needlepoint Tapestry

The entirety of human existence from Adam to the end of time is a beautiful needlepoint tapestry. God is the Master Weaver. We might think we are in control of the tapestry, or at least our little corner of it, but we really aren’t.

You and I are but single threads in the tapestry. Our view of the wonderful picture God is creating is limited. We might see only the knots on the back of the tapestry holding a thread in place. We might see a certain thread cut short.

The back side of the tapestry can be quite messy, just as life to us can seem quite messy. The more we try to be in control of the picture, the messier it gets. The more we worry that we can’t see the whole picture, the more stressed we become, and joy is lost.

The Christian band Revive sings a song called “You Know” that illustrates how our planning fits into God’s Grand Design:

I have so many dreams for my life
I’m going this way and that
I’m spending so much time worrying
About how it’s all turning out
But You know where I’ve been
And You know where I’m going
‘Cause You see all my plans for what they are
I lay them all down
If we trust in the Master Weaver we know that the grand design is more beautiful than we can imagine. Someday He will show it to us. Just thinking of that day makes me smile.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


9 Responses

  1. Linda,

    Since you wrote this, God place another thread by me. It`s interesting to see how our lives connect even though we`re from different worlds. Our life experiences to date have been similar and those experiences also connect to others. Through His placing us where we are now, we are able to minister to ourselves and to others.

    I don`t always understand the direction He takes me in but I am confident He does not make mistakes. It`s not easy to say `whatever it takes, Lord`, but I`m learning to fall back and let Him order my steps.

    Blessings and thanks again for this beautiful piece.

    Being Woven,

    Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – Order My Steps

    • Ann, I read your comment in my Dashboard, but it made me want to go back and re-read the post because I’d forgotten what I’d written. It was a good one to re-read. It is interesting to see how all our lives connect, how He connects them, and how He uses us to impact and change one another for the better. Peace, Linda

    • Ryan, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I didn’t know what the bayeux tapestry was, but now that I’ve looked it up I like your comment. I short, long tapestry that we could never look at all in one glance, but I bet God sees it all at once! Peace, Linda

  2. P.S. – I looked at the inside of my shirt to get a better understanding.:-) It does look better from the outside but if the seams weren’t there, the garment would be in pieces.

    His plans are perfect!

    • Ann, I hadn’t thought in terms of a shirt, but that fits, too. What a blessing to be a seam in God’s sewing project! Imagine being stitched in and out with the sowing machine – doesn’t sound fun – but holds the pieces of his handiwork together just as His grand pattern provides! Thanks for this wonderful addition to my analogy. Peace, Linda

  3. Thank you, Linda!!

    Now I have a point of reference 😉 It’s beyond words … the way He lines up everything. Each thread has a purpose even when it seems to oddly stick out of place 🙂

    Bless your heart for sharing.


  4. It makes me smile too! I love that, thinking about the backside of the tapestry. It reminds me of turning my daughter’s new colorful knee-highs inside out for her, so the seams don’t bug her so much. They look so different . . .but to her, they are still beautiful. (she’s used to seeing everything inside out! ha!) I need to get used to seeing it that way too . . .and trust Him.
    I loved how He arranged the posts today. You fit right into His handiwork. God bless you always! deb

    • Deb, When my son was young I had to trim the lumpy seams out of his socks, too. Never thought to just turn them inside out! He also hated any shirt with a tag. He is still sensitive, but has grown to be able to tolerate these little annoyances, and he always sees the beauty in God’s creation. Peace, Linda

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