We can be sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Romans 8:27-28 (The Message)
It was love at first sight. Grandma’s crazy quilt was a kaleidoscope of color, texture, pattern, and shape. Velvet nestled near silk, cotton calms satin. Scraps of children’s clothing, lace from a wedding gown, and the wide end of Grandpa’s tie were all added. The crocheted corners of handkerchiefs lay comfortably together.
I watched Grandma’s fingers patiently pinch three strands of gold thread through the eye of a needle. Intricate stitch patterns outlined each patch, joining them together. The quilt was painstakingly crafted with love and prayer. The finished masterpiece pleased the eye, mind, and heart—bound as one by the beautiful golden thread.
That’s how God patterns our lives. Individual days and events sometimes seem random. They just don’t seem to fit. Some experiences we would just as soon toss away while others, we’ll never forget. Yet, God is near, and we find encouragement in Romans 8:28. God promises . . . every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
God created all things. He imagined the initial design for all our lives and sees it through from the first stitch to the last. The pattern, fabric, and texture were all chosen before we were born – and God has vested interest in the final product.
What is the final product? God gave His Son who lived and died as one of us so we can become all the Father wants us to be. Finally, the Holy Spirit came to complete God’s work in us.
As we lay our lives before God, He patiently pieces together a pattern pleasing to His eye. With Jesus as our foundation, our lives demonstrate the plan the Master envisioned from the beginning of time. The completed work will reveal the golden thread of His inspiration.
God works everything together for the good for those who love Him.
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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.