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.
Corrie ten Boom often quoted this poem. Written in the 1800s, it’s unclear who wrote it, but the poem’s visual helps me, too. The words paint the picture of richly woven fabric: intricate, elaborate, complicated. I picture an elegant tapestry, pleasing and beautiful on the top, but knotty and confusing underneath.
Our lives, when viewed from our earthly perspective, are often puzzling and messy, like the underneath. But not so when viewed from above. From above, on that Day when all will be made right, we’ll see completely and clearly. We’ll understand that our life’s pattern of gold and silver would have been dreadfully lacking were it not for its interwoven threads of sorrow. When we finally see with perfect clarity, we’ll thank our Father for the needed threads of trouble, testing, and temptation:
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (I Cor. 13:12)
And so, as the poem Corrie loved deftly announces:
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking…God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:2-5, 12
For more about Corrie ten Boom’s life: Struck by His work in her.