Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tangled Threads

From Guideposts 2011:

The Dutch evangelist Corrie ten Boom had arrived for a visit, and my thirteen-year-old daughter Liz and I were helping her unpack.  From the bottom of Corrie's suitcase, Liz lifted a folded cloth with some very amateurish-looking needlework on it.  Uneven stitches, mismatched colors, loose threads, snarls.

"What are you making?" Liz asked curiously.

"Oh, that's not mine," Corrie said.  "That's the work of the greatest weaver of all."

I probably looked as dubious as Liz did.

"But you're seeing it from the wrong side!" Corrie went on.  Shaking the cloth open with a flourish, she turned it around to display a magnificent crown embroidered in red, purple and gold.  "You have to look at things from heaven's viewpoint!"

Heaven's viewpoint...when I pray to my Father in heaven, I speak to the One Who can make something beautiful of the tangled threads of a lifetime.  I am asking Him to help me see the perplexities of daily life "from heaven's side."

--Devotion written by Elizabeth Sherrill

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