“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
We’ve come to the end of another year, and you may be looking back, confused and perplexed at the events of your life. Perhaps it was the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the divorce, the devastating news from the doctor, the financial hardship, or the disappointments that left you questioning the purposes of God. While we can’t always make sense of the things that happen, nothing about us takes God by surprise. Our lives are not a series of random happenings. God recorded in His Word the life of Job, to remind us of His sovereignty, and to instruct us to trust Him, even when we don’t understand.
God’s work in our lives is a progressive unfolding of His will and purpose. For this reason, the tapestry is often used as the symbolism of the Christian life. The tapestry starts with a single thread, and progressively, more threads are added, some of different colors, to form the picture the Maker is weaving. We see the reverse side of the tapestry which looks like a messy mix of threads, but every once in a while, God gives us a glimpse of the front of the embroidery. How often have you wondered at a situation or experience, just for things to make sense later, sometimes, years down the line?
The Scriptures tell us we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus. One translation says “we are God’s masterpiece...” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). Before He formed you, God envisioned what your life would be. David wrote in Psalm 139:16 “…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Your birth, was the first thread in the tapestry of your life. Every joy, every sorrow, every heartache, every victory, every pain, every mountain and every valley experience, form the threads God masterfully weaves, to bring about your expected end.
So start out this New Year, being ok with not having all the answers, and when things appear to be messy, trust that God is making something beautiful.
Happy New Year!