Tapestry

tapestryThe morning of our youngest daughters 27th birthday I was quietly thanking God for her, our other daughters, and life all around. Birthdays, especially those of family members, make me intro and retrospective.

You see, 33 years ago, I was a single, pregnant 17 year old girl. Life, my tapestry, seemed to be in shambles. I was a child myself. How could I be having a child? I wasn’t going to bring children into this cruel world anyway, my world especially, because it was full of pain, poverty, anger, abandon, violence and loneliness.

But God……….

During that particular days retrospection I kept hearing the word Tapestry. Huh, what could that mean and why was it so important? So I did some researching. WOW! What an incredible lesson God had for me. As I read the following information, I was quickened to the corresponding scriptures.

How is a Tapestry Made? by Carol Wells, eHow Contributor

Making a tapestry requires a loom or frame, yarn or thread. When making a tapestry, the weaver interlaces two sets of yarn or thread together on a loom or framework:

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. {Psalm 139:15}

And a plan or design;

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” {Jeremiah 29:11}

The fundamental techniques of tapestry weaving have remained unchanged for centuries;

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. {Hebrews 13:8}

The weaver (He) weaves the weft threads over and under across the warp (I love that the word warped is used in this lesson!), either in patches or from edge to edge according to His design.

The weaver (He) firmly presses the weft down against the previous weft row, using His fingers or tools.

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place. {Psalm 118:5}

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; {2 Corinthians 4:8}

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. {Philippians 3:14}

Today’s tapestries range from small to large and from simple to intricate;

But God has put the body together…. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. {1 Corinthians 12:24(b), 27}

But they all spring from the same ancient beginnings.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {John 1:1}

Today, tapestry is recognized as a fine art form, and decorative tapestries grace homes, offices and public buildings.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—SHINE! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” {Matthew 5:14-16, The Message}

A tapestry requires a strong yarn for the warp since it must be kept taut on the loom. When choosing weft yarns, the weaver (He) must consider texture, elasticity, color and size. Weft yarn choices include any material that can bend sufficiently to be woven over and under the warp, even such unlikely (I’ve felt pretty unlikely at times!) items as rags, bubble wrap, and pipe cleaners.

“Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?” {Deuteronomy 3:24}

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them…… {Deuteronomy 31:6, 31:23, Joshua 1:6, 1:7, 1:9, 10:25, 23:6}

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. {2 Chronicles 15:7}

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. {Romans 15:1}

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. {1 Corinthians 16:13}

You then, my son (daughter), be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  {2 Timothy 2:1}

A tapestry artist creates a design and its surface concurrently during the weaving process. He weaves each color or design area independently of the others, using a separate weft thread for each section.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God (Weaver) at work! Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. {1 Corinthians 12:4-6,14, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27}

My tapestry. Wow God! Thank you!

As Carole King sang it;

My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal blue;

An everlasting vision of the ever changing view;

A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold,

A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold.

Looking at life now, I am amazed at the weavings of an incredible God. He truly does work everything for our good. He so loves us! That scared little girl, pregnant and alone, is now turning 50 next month. With so much gratitude, thankfulness and honor to an ever-present, awesome Abba! She is now a wife of almost 30 years and a mother of three beautiful daughters, and a grandmother of 2 granddaughters and a grandson.  She is now walking in her “purpose” to be a servant and friend to other scared, lonely pregnant ladies. The baby daughter is now a beautiful woman of God, a wife and mother, and a pediatric, oncology, cardiac nurse. The second baby daughter is now an incredible woman of God, single mother of two, and a first grade teacher. The third baby daughter is vibrantly serving God in our church as a Youth Leader Assistant and teacher. She just turned 27. I think it is very interesting, and by no coincidence, that each of us are celebrating life and serving children! Our family tapestry is so full of all the colors of God. It is priceless and one of a kind. Even though it has flaws, warped in places, the flaws make it more priceless! There are no other tapestries that look like mine, or yours. We are not created to be cookie-cutter Christians. Our lives are a beautiful and magnificent work of our Creator. He has and is weaving us to His design, His pattern for our lives. So let’s celebrate our tapestries! Let’s GRACE our homes, offices, public buildings with Gods artwork, US!

SHINE ON DEAR ONE!!

Written by Kathy Easley

2 thoughts on “Tapestry

  1. Kathy, this so spoke to my heart! I LOVE that God gave you this word “tapestry,” and all of the ways he tied its design to His work in our lives! This makes me want to envision and ask Him each time I am entering a new season or enduring a trial, “What new, bold/soft/sparkling color are you weaving into my life, Lord? How are you pressing me to become stronger and closer to my complete self? I can’t wait to see Your new work in me!”
    Thank you for sharing!!

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