“Your life is a lot like a quilt,” Barb said, “a masterpiece tapestry made by the Master Craftsman Himself, God.”
I was sitting in my kitchen, still in my pajamas, late in the morning, with a coffee cup in one hand and a phone in the other. My two year-old hanging on my knee. I thought, “Disordered tapestry, yes. Masterpiece, no.”
Barb Procter has spent years attending, and then facilitating, MCC Women’s Community Bible Studies. I know she has been where I am now. But more than that, I want to hear how she survived it. What had studying the Word meant to her? How had His presence made these times easier? How had the relationships she developed, the moments of vulnerability, and the stories she heard from other women during these Bible studies helped her in the day-to-day?
As she spoke, I was reminded of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Barb drew a beautiful word picture for me about how it is that God stitches together each experience, memory, and emotion to make something completely unique, completely you.
Yes, your life is like a beautiful tapestry; there might be days it feels more like a dishtowel than a masterpiece, but every single stitch, fabric, color and design are there for a reason.
Barb said, “The Lord weaves our lives together with wonderful colors of bright purple, royal blue, orange sunsets and yes, on occasion, darker colors too.”
While we may wish that every fabric was bright and beautiful, and mourn those dark colors, or hard times, there is a reason for those, too. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we are reminded of this when He says, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3).’ Barb reminded me that the tapestry of our lives wouldn’t look the same without these experiences.
I was taking notes as Barb continued, “Our life, this beautiful masterpiece, is a testimony of God’s work, in our lives. The stitches woven throughout our life, our quilt, are His Word; woven into every moment of our days, weeks, and years. It is the strong thread of His Word that holds it, and us, together.”
That image, this word picture, absolutely stuck with me and keeps me wondering what my tapestry will look like when it’s all said and done. When I stand beside Jesus.
I have to think that it is good to consider where we are at. Are we spending enough time in prayer? Enough time in the Word that He, our Master Craftsman, might stitch together the broken bits along with the brightest and most beautiful moments, the everyday and mundane?
What might he stitch together to bring something remarkable, Godly, and God-glorifying to and of our lives?
Is God, right now, weaving the experiences of your life together to make a unique tapestry? Have you welcomed those stitches, the thread that weaves these experiences together, or have there been times when you wanted to pull them out? I’ve done both, sometimes on the same day!
My conversation with Barb has convinced me that there are women here who can help. My mundane and terrifying is their melody and tenor. And that the MCC Women’s Community Bible Study is just the place for our washrags to be transformed into tapestry.
As Barb points me back to God’s constant and unchanging Word, I realize she is an example of how to thrive, not just survive. My knowing that God is using every moment – even this one- to make a tapestry that I will laugh over, cry over, smile and sometimes mourn over, makes me happy to be His work of art.
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