Sunday, August 7, 2011

HIS TAPESTRY - GOD'S WAYS AND PLANS and not our own

Joining in once again with Spiritual Sundays.  Go here to read other inspiring and spiritual posts or to participate.
As most of you know our beloved, beautiful, vivacious, wonderful daughter, Suzette, lost her 7 1/2 month l-o-n-g battle with cancer on May 19th at 11:30 p.m. and went to Heaven to be with her Lord & Savior. 

We read the quote below on Sunday morning, May 22nd, two days before her memorial service on May 24th.  It spoke so to our hearts but it has taken me until now to be able to blog this.  

"If you are going through a time of isolation, seemingly all alone, read John 17. It will explain exactly why you are where you are - because Jesus has prayed that you "may be one" with the Father as He is. ... God is not concerned about our plans; He doesn't ask, "Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?" No, He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way." My Utmost for His Highest ~ Oswald Chambers - May 22, 2011.

Above everything or anything in life I trust my Lord & Savior and my wonderful Triune God.  I am glad He gave me this reminder in the midst of the worst 5 days of our lives. 

Yes, Jesus prayer is that we "may be one" with the Father and God IS going to see that prayer fulfilled.  And NO, He does not ask, or even want, our opinion but He will and does allow things for HIS plans & purposes. 

I have, for a lot of years, viewed my life as a tapestry that The Lord is weaving.  When I look at it from my view point (the earthly side) I often see nothings but a big mess of knots, threads running askew with no rhyme or reason, and certainly nothing beautiful or very desirous to see. 

My earthly view

 But I trust Him because He is the master weaver and weaves only beautiful tapestries and it is He who is weaving my story (and yours too, if are His).

His Heavenly View
I deliberately picked a very simple design because I know He has much to add before He is finished with me!!

Yes, the things I go through are making me sweeter, better and more noble IF I will but remain in His pliable hands and not rebel against the potters wheel or the burning fire, which ever means He chooses to use in creating my tapestry.

The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way."

I have, do and will continue to trust you - God - Jesus - Holy Spirit!
Lead on Oh King Eternal.
  
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8 comments:

Pamela said...

Today, August 7th, 24 years ago our Sarah went to heaven. I loved reading this, knowing God led me here just for this purpose. I want to be ready for whatever God weaves in my life next. The scarf is beautiful.

I hope your Sunday is full of joy,
Pamela

micey said...

thanks for sharing. God bless you! Your's is a beautiful tapestry. =]

Brenda said...

That was a eye-opening analogy. I have heard the tapestry analogy before, but not from the perspective that we are on the 'underside' of what He sees. Loved how you gave me a visual.
We don't know the whys, but our faith remains steady that He does know.
Love ya both!

Mari said...

I love that quote, and I love that he gave it to you during that hard time. This is such a touching and meaningful post.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

It's so easy to say we trust in the Lord,but once we truly give our heart and trust to the Lord I feel like my life is on cruse control.
Blessings,
Ginger

Debra said...

What a beautiful analogy. It seems the older I get the less I understand. On the other hand the older I get the more I know that God has a reason, purpose and plan for all things. I don't have to understand, I just have to trust Him more and more.

Beautiful post Susan, May our sweet Lord give you added strenth during this difficult time.

Misty said...

My mother left her temporary home, June 26th, 2011. I have been very torn about God's will and why this had to be, so today I am grateful that I read this post. My mother completed a piece of tapestry many years ago and she proudly displayed on the wall of my childhood home.. Families are forever. I am reminded that we are all His tapestry. He does have a purpose, even if I don't clearly see it or understand.

Thank you for sharing.
Misty

Charlotte said...

Reading this post has really been a blessing to me tonight, Susan. I can only imagine the pain you went through losing your beloved daughter. Your faith and attitude are very inspiring. The tapestry analogy is sooo good. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Charlotte