By: Wanda Fielder

            Tapestries have always been fascinating to me, and I have at least seven of them in various sizes and shapes that grace the walls of my home. Fond memories come back to me of the exotic places where each was acquired. One lovely floral piece was purchased in a small shop in Paris, France; and I love to look at its beauty and remember my days in that captivating city. One very large tapestry adorned with large end tassels graciously fills the top of a high wall in our family room. Some are just narrow bell pulls as a reminder of a long-ago custom that bring delightful stories to my mind.

            Upon looking closely at the intriguing tightly woven needlework, I am amazed at the minute detail involved in making the finished product. Hundreds of vivid or muted colors help to define the masterpiece upon completion.

            Interestingly these tapestries bring a strong correlation to each of our lives. Intricately woven, finely detailed, various hues and diverse angles form a life that has no duplicate. During the process of forming a completed life, the diverted paths seem impossible to bring beauty or add enhancement to the individual. The loss of a loved one, illness, financial woes, or job insecurities are perhaps the dark or muted threads that are still a necessary part of the final picture. We prefer the vibrant hues and brilliant colors that lighten the scene and draw our eye to the detail. The happy times in our lives as the birth of a child, family get-togethers and blissful milestones are much preferred. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, parties, picnics and more are precious memories that add delight to our days; however the true picture also includes the dark threads of death, loss, sorrow and sadness.

            By placing our trust in the Creator of our lives we accept the good and the bad and comprehend that He controls the completed picture. Our tapestry is made more beautiful by His touch. Proverbs 3:5, 6 tells us, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Your tapestry of life will be complete and beautiful as He does all things well.



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