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A missionary was once traveling in the Far East when he came across a booth in a market place. It was a tapestry maker's booth. As he walked by he saw a strange sight. A man was standing in front of the booth and it seemed that the man was shouting directly at the loom which was located near the back of the booth. And as he shouted thread appeared in the tapestry almost by magic. The missionary asked his guide for an explanation of this mystical sight.

"The man you see," said the guide, "is a master weaver. He is speaking to his apprentice back behind the loom, out of sight. He is telling him what color thread to use and where to put it. Only the master weaver knows the entire design, so it is vital that the apprentice does exactly as the master commands."

"Does the apprentice ever make a mistake?" asked the missionary. 

"Of course, but the master weaver is a very kind man. He will rarely have the boy take out the thread. Instead, being a great artist, he simply works the mistake into the design."

How much that is like God. We cannot see the pattern of the tapestry God is weaving in our lives. We are on the other side of the loom looking at knotted and tangled threads placed seemingly without purpose. Occasionally, we can catch a glimpse of the design, but then as soon as we think we understand it, the master calls for a thread which changes everything.

So we have to trust the master weaver that he knows what he is doing.  And like the apprentice, we also make mistakes. We put in a red thread instead of a violet one. We knot it in the wrong place or place it in a crooked way. And God in His mercy doesn't criticize us but takes our own mistakes and makes it part of the entire design.  Is that not the exact point Paul was trying to get across to the Romans when he said in Roman 8:28... "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward