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    by Susan McGrath

Tapestry Unraveling
Date Posted: April 9, 2005

I've heard poems and songs about life being a tapestry. A beautiful work of art which tells a story through brilliant colors and detailed pictures.

Imagine how much time and effort it must take to weave a tapestry, especially at their height of fashionable decorating hundreds of years ago. The planning and knowledge needed to create such a work of art was unbelievable.

A person of wealth would decide they wanted a tapestry to beautify a certain room (as well as cut down on the drafts) and they would hire an artist to sketch or paint the theme of the tapestry. Often changes would be made to the final picture after months of work. Then when the patron was satisfied, a weaver would be commissioned to make the tapestry.

A sum of money would be agreed upon, as well as a date for the tapestry to be completed. Regardless of the availability of good help, rare dye for that exact color of blue wool, or an unforeseen breakdown of the loom, the weaver was to have it ready at the appointed time, and would most likely have the commission pay reduced if it was not produced.

One small mistake could set them back weeks if it was not discovered soon enough. One thread breaking or unraveling could ruin an entire panel.

Sometimes its easy to let daily stresses ruin the day, or a busy month to unravel our patience for the week! There are days I look at my calendar and wonder how I can possibly weave one more activity into the month without breaking a thread (my last thread to sanity!).

But God can see the entire story, woven over years, one color blending to the next. He can also tie off those broken and unraveling threads and repair any mistakes or blemishes.

In Psalm 139 David says, "For your created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb."

God has woven us from the moment of our conception. He has so much in store for us -- to do in service for Him and to enjoy in this life and the next. He is the Master Weaver and will tie up all the loose ends we are willing to surrender to Him.

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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