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. Then, she would move to the next part of the pattern and begin again.
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. When I looked carefully at 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 “I want to give up!” or “What’s happening?” or “Have you no plan for me, 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. Help us to see our lives through Your eyes! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.