St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

A Weaving God

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Romans 8:28—And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

If you’ve ever watched someone cross-stitching, one of the things that really stands out is the back. Depending on the type of stitch used, the back side is a jumbled mess of threads. If that’s all you saw, you wouldn’t have a clue that there was something beautiful on the other side. It’s not until you turn it over that you can see the beautiful work done that was carefully planned and patiently crafted.

Like the jumbled mess on the back side of a cross-stitch, sometimes our lives can feel and even look just the same. Living in a sinful world, this is a guarantee. The messes usually happen when things don’t go according to our plan.

There is a lot that has not gone according to plan lately. Each one of us been affected to one degree or another because of the mess this virus has brought into our land and world. Our country and lives are messy medically, socially, politically, emotionally, financially, etc. There seems to be no end in sight.

What God says to us through Paul’s letter to the Romans makes sense of all this mess and shows us a better plan…God’s plan.
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Did you hear it? Paul is relaying one of the greatest, most comforting promises God has ever given! Everything in our lives is working together for our good! Notice Paul doesn’t just say that all the good things are working for our good, but
all things! That includes what we consider good and what we consider to be bad.

When you struggle to see how in the world this could be true, remember that our point of view is not God’s point of view. Neither are his ways our ways or his thoughts our thoughts (Is. 55:8-9). Think back to the cross-stitch and consider how our God is
A Weaving God. Each one of our lives is a different cross-stitch God is stitching and weaving together.

Problem is, as we live here on earth, all we see is the backside. All too often we only see the mess. God sees and knows the beauty of what he is creating. But even now God sews golden threads that stand out in the mess. Golden threads that are especially clear moments of recognizing God’s grace and love in our lives. Golden threads of mercy when we are assured of God’s forgiveness after awful sins which plagued our hearts with guilt. Golden threads of sheer grace where God simply heaped his love upon us in abundance. Golden threads as God answered prayers for strength and wisdom in difficult and trying times.

Yes, life can be messy. Sometimes very messy. We’re all sinners living in a sinful world. But God has promised that he is working in and through even the messes to weave a beautiful work of art of his love. One day, the mess will all be gone. Or better to say, we’ll see it for what it truly is. We’ll get to see the other side in the glories of heaven. Then we’ll say, “Ah, Lord, now I see what you were doing! It’s so beautiful! Thank you!”