“My life is but a weaving between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper and I the underside.
Not ‘til the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful in the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares; nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him.
~ Corrie Ten Boom
We don’t always understand God’s plan because we spend most of our lives gazing at the underside of our tapestries. They are full of ugly knots and tangles which do not make sense to us. Our human nature focuses on the trials and tribulations and forgets that God will someday “unroll the canvas and reveal the reason why.”
Many people look at my brother Matthew and can only see the knots and tangles woven into the tapestry of his life. They see a 19-year-old born with a fragile body and whose tapestry has more knots and tangles than most people will ever experience in their lifetime. Matthew will undergo his 19th surgery and 3rd open heart later today–yet another knot or tangle God is weaving into His child’s tapestry of life.
Every now and then God, in His graciousness, sees fit to pull back the tapestries of our lives in order to give us a glimpse of the beauty of His workmanship. I haven’t always understood the why behind God’s plan for my brother’s life, but I have had the blessing to catch glimpses of his tapestry. These glimpses have built my firm belief that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness and that truly “My Grace is Sufficient.”