Years ago I would watch my mother embroider beautiful napkins, pillowcases and tablecloths. She would spend hours working within a small “hoop” that stretched the fabric tight so she could follow the pattern. She would work with one color of thread at a time until she finished that part of the pattern.
If I looked underneath the “hoop,” I would see many knots and dangling threads that made no sense at all. It looked like a real mess. Looking carefully on the top side of the “hoop,” however, I would eventually see a pattern emerge that followed the plan of an artist. And when the product was finished, it was beautiful.
There are times when it seems as though life is made up of “many knots and dangling threads.” No matter where we look, nothing makes any sense at all. We feel forced to cry out, “Lord, what are You doing?” or “Where are you taking me?” or “What’s happening?” or “I want to give up!” or “Is there no plan, God?”
When times are tough, we must turn to and trust in His Word: “I know the plans I have for you; Plans for good and not for evil; to give you a future and a hope!” Look for the pattern. It’s there!
Prayer: Lord, when days are dark and the path is perilous, let us sense Your presence and trust Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.