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’m going this way and that
I’m spending so much time worrying
About how it’s all turning out
And You know where I’m going
‘Cause You see all my plans for what they are
I lay them all down