Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Life is But a Weaving . . . Part 2

At times in life we are almost on the edge of putting an end to a situation that is ostensibly trapping us to continue living . . . too much pressure, too much stress, too much struggles, and too much of everything, I mean dilemma and trials. Definitely, these are chosen. Every situation and/or struggle one faces is a choice. We have choices in life, somehow, we can make better choices . . . 

With all these, there is always a room for improvement, a room for a change from the previous experience or experiences. There are circumstances coming up our way as the result of the previous decisions we’ve made, that we can’t just question why? But there are also situation and / or circumstance that are God-allowed to try our faith, to try our decisiveness to pursue along with God’s principles. But often we fail on the way. Maybe because we are limited, we have weaknesses and we’re just human beings . . . but there is always a point of realization!

I had read about a wonderful story on the life of Corrie ten Boom. Her life was sensationalized in the movie “The Hiding Place”. I was so much blessed by her life that I was able to put into words what I had absorbed through her last words after she was freed from the Nazi concentration camp in Germany when she said, “There is no pit that is so deep that He (God)  is not deeper still” . . . to wit: “Affirmation is like whistling in the dark. It gets me there and keeps me going even at the darkest point of my journey”.

I was reading the encounter of a Pastor and his wife when they attended a speaking engagement of Corrie ten Boom, one of the survivor from the hands of the Nazi soldiers during the war. She was relating her famous story about being unable to forgive one of the guards in her prison camp. And while narrating her story, her hands were busy working on a piece of embroidery.

As Corrie ten Boom talked and worked her needle back and forth, she was describing the plan that God had for our lives. She talked about how her life had been lived in triumph and tragedy. She told about her prisoner-of-the-war camp experiences and the painful loss of her wonderful sister. The story was so touching about this lady who had been through so much. Her life was a challenge to all of us as we carefully tread our daily survival in life.

Accordingly, As she’s about to end up her talk, she held up the piece of cloth which she was working to display the back side. It was nothing but a jumble of colored threads, but she said that to us life often appears in a jumble. We can’t seem to figure out what is happening or why God allows certain circumstances into our lives. And she flipped the cloth over to display the beautiful picture of a crown. According to her, the picture of a crown is what God sees and what He is working to complete in our lives. She concluded her talk with the rendition of this poem:

My life is but a weaving, between God and me
I do not choose the colors, He worketh steadily.
Oftentimes He weaveth sorrow, and I, in foolish pride.
Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why,
The dark threads are as needful in the skillful Weaver’s hand,
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.

Corrie ten Boom forgives! Her life was better than it was many years past. The tragedy of guilt to some shatters but to some is a start . . . a commencement of a better and fruitful life ahead if faced and surrendered wholeheartedly to the Lord. How much better if forgiveness had been offered sooner. Don’t wait! 

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