Torn and tied in Love – God’s Tapestry

God’s Tapestry in Our Lives

I am constantly amazed at God’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 God’s hand.

Just recently this has happened to me. It started last year when a dear friend of mine’s daughter-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. (I was deeply upset.) My spirit was deeply grieved. She was only 29, and I couldn’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 friend’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.

God’s hand as you can see from above intricately wove our lives together for good. I am grateful for �The Daily Lily’ 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.

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Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

7 thoughts on “Torn and tied in Love – God’s Tapestry”

  1. We are truly blessed to have you in our tapestry. The world is blessed to have you pour out your life to our precious little children in class after class and year after year. I can only imagine how much better off our world will be in the future because of each student that has been touched by you.

    I know Rena because my life has been touched many times by your love, support and prayers to myself, my family, our church and now our new friends on The Daily Lily.

    We surely value your prayers and assure all that are in this tapestry they personally are being lifted to Our Father because of your love and gift. Thanks!

    1. Rena’s lovely story reminds me of that saying about looking at the back side of a tapestry work. It looks all scrambled and interwoven and unrelated, frayed and mismatched….but on the front side….oh! on the front of the tapestry is a grand work of art!
      In the Old Testament The Lord God taught His people how to SOW seed. And now your seed has been “Sowed” and “sewn”. What a lovely tapestry. What a magnificent Harvest!

  2. What a beautiful illustration of giftings blooming. After reading this I went back to look over what Sara said about ‘tapestry’ in her teaching series “The Four Bees” which you have facilitated and shared with others. Sara says (in a brief excerpt from) on her Tape #4 ‘The Bee of Blooming’, “…our giftings are being poured forth to produce a tapestry of effervescent proportions for surely we are tasting the honey from the honeycomb.”
    Rena, you are surely living out this teaching and helping others to be woven into this tapestry also!

  3. Rena,
    What a beautiful illustration of love, care, and concern for others. In the book of Job his wife wanted him to stop being faithful to the Lord, due to the horrible things that were happening to him. I like Job’s response to her. “Job replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. We accept good things from God. So we should also accept trouble when he sends it.” “In spite of everything, Job didn’t say anything that was sinful.” (NIV Job 2:10)
    We are not going to miss out on troubles in life, but aren’t we blessed to have people in our life that can encourage, pray, and help us through these difficult times. Job had three friends that came to help and encourage him. (Job 2: 11-13) “They wanted to go and show their concern for Job.” “They wanted to comfort him.” What a wonderful teaching: show love, care, and compassion, when those difficult times come.

  4. Rena This is a beautiful living story….yes a real visual presentation of Tapestry…each person representing a piece of yarn or fabric and each person joining and being woven into a beautiful work….then that work is displayed on the Daily Lily and enjoyed by all….beautiful….:dj

  5. This is such a lovely point to be made. The Lord sees your deeds and helps to connect those people who will be support for one another. The Daily Lily is a tapestry itself, binding together lives that may not have had the chance to connect. Allowing stories of love and faith to inspire those who may not have found inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story Rena; it inspires me. Thanks for the Daily Lily Sara. It always makes me feel warm inside.

    1. I agree we can see this story multiplied over and over in our lives. I have just seen this story, different names, different faces and places but over the last year another thread in the tapestry has been woven into this work of art.

      The Holy Spirit is just so amazing how He works in our lives for our good to those that love Him and want Him to connect and weave for us. Such a Master Our Lord is.

      My prayer for all that are connected on ‘The Daily Lily’ is that we will see many beautiful colors of thread, design enhancing each life that stops to enjoy ‘The Daily Lily.’

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