Ebony and Ivory

In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (NIV) 

Keyboards strike just the right note in ebony and ivory. Pandas and penguins are perfectly suited in black and white. Okay, how about skunks? Life would be easier if all the choices we have to make were that clear.

A black and white quilt that was supposed to be finished months ago still waits patiently as “fat quarters” in . . . you guessed it! A black and white fabric covered box.

All of the sewing implements are ready for service, but the project takes low priority. Life rudely interrupted my plans. Carefully chosen fabrics and complementary stitches will bring the design to life someday, and this project will be complete. Hopefully.

Contrast and choice make up the fabric of our lives. Light and shadow enhance each other. It has been said that on the darkest night, stars shine brightest.

Life doesn’t always work out the way we want or plan. We diligently set our goals and schedule. Then when the goal, like the quilt, is laid aside for one reason or another, we complain. Bitterness fills us. We may even give up entirely. We don’t live in a trouble-free world, nor does God promise a life full of joy and gladness. On the contrary, Jesus told us we would have trouble while here on earth, but He is always with us. He will never leave us.

As we trust God every day, He is faithful to guide and direct us. We have His word He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can be sure that in all things, God is in control. He has a plan and purpose and might just take our plans far beyond anything we could ever dream or imagine, right out of this world.

God doesn’t leave anything unfinished.

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by Gayle Ottemiller

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Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at gayleottemiller.com.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.