I was once told our life is like a cross-stitch piece. On the back-side of life, the strings are a multi-colored mass that seems like nothing but a complete mess. However, if we could just turn the piece over and see the completed project we would see that it is a stunning work of art. Unfortunately, the work of life is never finished and sometimes all we can see is only the messy-looking back-side of life.
If you could let the pain of the past go perhaps you could recognize the amazingly beautiful tapestry that is being built by the contrast between our struggles and joys. Our struggles are a mess, but God in His infinite wisdom knows how to turn that mess into something lovely.
Today I choose to believe in the flip-side.
I believe the flip-side is full of beauty, and above all it is full of purpose. Nothing in my life happens without a reason OR a valuable meaning (even if I never see it in my lifetime). I truly believe that. If for no other reason, struggles and trials and so-called bad things happen to me to help me grow.
Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you make be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV
Each string on the backside of life has purpose. Someone once said, “If you knew everything God knew – everything – then you wouldn’t want to change a thing.” To me, this means that God knows what He is doing, and is working through all the things I go through.
In your process of looking back at life, believe in the flip-side, knowing that God has something bigger in mind that we can know right now. We can only see the small bits and pieces of life, but He sees the grand picture – the tapestry being made. Trust Him.
May you be blessed today and always.
Maggie A. ‘Spoon
(I am working on a book about the traits of God drawn from my personal experience and study of scripture. I look forward to sharing it with you. It is a work in progress as I study to understand the nature of God but I believe it will turn out to be a good read.)
**I did not make the lovely pieces of cross stitch. I found them searching bing.com on someone else’s blogspot. I am grateful I found matching pieces that were front and back.