GodвЂ™s Tapestry in Our Lives
I am constantly amazed at GodвЂ™s handiwork. It seems we are each a thread and are intricately woven together to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. Often after an event happens or is in the process of happening, we can see the move of GodвЂ™s hand.
Just recently this has happened to me. It started last year when a dear friend of mineвЂ™s daughter-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. (I was deeply upset.) My spirit was deeply grieved. She was only 29, and I couldnвЂ™t understand why this would happen to such a vivacious young woman who had everything ahead of her including starting a family. The cancer took being a birth mother away from her. God laid her heavily on my heart, and as a result I consistently prayed, sent cards, and small gifts to help lighten her day. I knew in my heart that God had something special for this young woman to do, and if I did my part God would see that she lived to do what He called her to do.
She faced many hard days. Somehow God made sure that the cards or gifts got to her just when she needed them. Oh I am so grateful to God for taking such good care of her.
Finally after surgery and chemotherapy had successfully ended, her husband, who stood by her side for many months, threw a party for her. Her friends and family came to celebrate. I was unable to attend due to distance and the struggles we in New Orleans area were facing from the aftermath of Katrina.
Katrina only a month before had visited our community, homes and schools with great devastation. I an elementary school teacher had great concern for my school and many students without homes and some who now had a lot of homeless relatives living with them.
One day during my time of trying to help the students overcome the grief of this disaster, I received an e-mail from a teacher in the community where the young woman who had gone through chemo lived. This teacher while attending my friendвЂ™s party heard from other friends there about the support, prayers, cards and gifts I had been sending to her. I had in the middle of being out of my home due to the hurricane and not knowing if I would ever be able to return found my comfort in going out and finding cards to send to my young friend.
The email to my surprise, shared how she and her school would like to send help to rebuild my school. And send they did. The teacher and her school, vigorously raised money and sent gifts, gift cards, and ordered items from their school catalog to help with rebuilding. These gifts were shared throughout my school. Everyone was in awe of their kindness extended in love to us.
I have learned through this that no deed, regardless of how small it may seem at the time goes unnoticed by God. He asks each of us to use our gift, and He will take the smallest deed to do a very large task.
GodвЂ™s hand as you can see from above intricately wove our lives together for good. I am grateful for вЂ?The Daily LilyвЂ™ to enable us to share with our friends in far away places and find new friends that are woven together in the tapestry of life and love.
The tapestry! What about the tapestry? Is it pleasing to JESUS? It was torn in sorrows and tied together in LOVE.