As we weave the tapestries of our lives, we gradually begin to see our designs from a wider angle of years. No design–not in the living world–is carved in stone. We can change our designs as we wish. We are each a thread in the tapestry of our human family. Our outcome is woven of endless possibilities, because we can choose from a universe of endless possibilities. Every person can make a difference. Each thread is a possibility, chosen by the design of divine imagination. Our life-time designs arise from our divine gifts, unique talents, desires, thoughts, choices, and actions. At times, old choices, old threads, wear out. We see the past while we live in the present, and we can replace the old with new ideas, new choices, and new actions. We can view the future through today’s eyes, and time blends all experiences, dark and light, into an awareness of authentic joy.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Consider the tapestry of your life from both sides. You have time to continue the weaving. Consder how you want to broaden the pattern.
You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God
As I look back at the entire tapestry of life, I can see from the perspective of the present moment that every aspect of life was necessary and perfect. Each step eventually led to a higher place, even though these steps often felt like obstacles or painful experiences.
The tapestry of life continues to be woven. Occasionally a chance arises to repair an older, tattered piece of the weave. Something happens to jolt our awareness back in time to an event that resulted in tears and rips. We see the circumstances in present time and have compassion for the unclear events of the past. While the new experience is being woven into the design, the old rip is simultaneously being repaired. All is well.
We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God’s light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence.
We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.
Sandra Day O’Connor
Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakable tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others.
Rainer Maria Rilke
It will be very interesting one day to follow the pattern of our life as it is spread out like a beautiful tapestry. As long as we live here we see only the reverse side of the weaving, and very often the pattern, with its threads running wildly, doesn’t seem to make sense. Some day, however, we shall understand. In looking back over the years we can discover how a red thread goes through the pattern of our life: the Will of God.
Maria Augusta von Trapp
Time unfolds beauty, wonder, and mystery to reveal the auspicious tapestry of life.