I know there are those that truly don’t care–they judge you by what they see.
But there are others who need to hear it and will be blessed if you do.
We can all be guilty of being self-focused, talking only about ourselves, but there is also the danger of living a facade–not letting other see who you really are.
I’ve never been good at “faking it”. It’s difficult for me to paste a smile on my face when I’m upset or down. When I don’t feel well I want to curl up in my covers and hibernate–it’s too much work to push forward and try to pretend I’m okay. I’ve learned what my limits are, and I choose to be real rather than adopt the “suck it up and go” mentality.
What that means is, while I still function, I will try to not let my circumstances steal my joy–but I don’t have to fake happiness.
I can be somber without being bitter. I can hurt without hurting others. I can not feel well and be honest about it.
What if, by admitting that I struggle, or confessing my weaknesses, I encourage someone else who feels all alone in theirs?
I’m teaching SEAMLESS by Angie Smith on Sunday nights to a wonderful group of women. We are sharing Scripture and life together and it is exciting to take the Story of the Bible and see His hand in the making of history. The power of Scripture is that we can also see how it is still changing lives today. Learning GOD’S SEAMLESS STORY is more than just studying HIStory–it is seeing how He has seamlessly orchestrated history to one defining moment, and how that event (God sending His Son) can change our story. Hearing their stories, seeing their struggles and sharing mine, gives us hope. Why? Because some of us have been through similar struggles, and we have come through them with God’s help. That commonality can help to bring clarity, a new perspective and HOPE.
Hindsight can be wonderful, and the older I get, the more I am able to see the seamless thread in my own life. The tapestry He has created is being woven together in a way that only He could orchestrate. Even the broken pieces fit together to create a picture that reveals His glory.
There is a beauty in this tapestry, not always seen so clearly on this side of heaven, BUT,
…if we will only trust Him, He will untangle the threads that we’ve knotted up in rebellion, and fix the ones that are broken—-weaving them into His grand design.
“Life is but a Weaving” (the Tapestry Poem)
“My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.”
Come and listen, all who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for me. Psalm 66:16