Today is the day. March 3, 2010 will forever live in infamy to Matt and me. I heard this illustration several years ago (forgive me, but I don't remember from who) and I wanted to share it today because, to me, it is very appropriate it.
I cross stitch. I haven't in a long while though. It is relaxing to me. Don't know why. But it is. It is tedious work making sure all of the little threads on the "x's" are going the right direction...in the RIGHT spot with the RIGHT color. If you are off by one count of an "x" you have probably messed up the entire piece.
The back of the cloth is always as messy as can be. You cannot tell what the front is going to look like from what the back looks like. The back is ugly and disorganized and chaotic. Here is a picture of what the back of a cross stitch piece looks like...
I did this probably 10 years ago. I found it scrunched up underneath one of my drawers last week. I made it for my friend, Charity, years ago.
From the backside, you cannot tell what it says. It is chaos. But, oh, the difference when you flip it over....
This is the side that God sees. God knows and weaves our lives together. We see the backside, the chaos and disorganization. We don't see this beautiful and completed masterpiece (this isn't a cross stitching masterpiece, but you get the idea), you know, the side that God sees.
When I think upon this truth, it puts a day like this into perspective. If this day doesn't turn out the way I want it to, that chaos and ugliness is still part of God's beautiful plan (Kimberly Sherrill, you took the words out of my mouth last night on your Facebook post!) and I will be devastated and feel/be destroyed, but I have to remember that God's view has everything in place the way He designed it. Regardless of the outcome today, I have put it in God's very capable, and He knows what He is doing and He sees the end result.
Thank you for praying for us today. We are praying and expecting great news; however, we are prepared (as much as we can be) for the flip side.
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
**Char, sorry for it being dirty...it was all scrunch up underneath an old drawer. I guess I should wash it and put it in the mail.... :-)