The Tapestry of Providence

Dear Saints,

Last Lord’s Day’s bulletin quote for meditation was titled, “The Tapestry of Providence”.  Mrs. Linda Renner was reminded by it of a lovely poem on one of her favorite bookmarks which I’d like to share with you for this week’s email devotion:

“The Weaver”
– Author Unknown

My Life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.

Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain 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.

He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
Who leave the choice with Him.

Remembering the story of Joseph and how truly wonderful (although terribly difficult) were the events of his life, we are beginning to see in the morning sermons through Genesis how God worked all these “providential preparations” for Joseph’s own good and the deliverance of his people.  This Lord’s Day, we will see Joseph again in a high position, having more than plenty to go around for all who came to him to live.  He is a glorious type of the Messiah; we will be reminded that “Jesus has plenty of grace” to go around to all who come to Him to live for ever and live abundantly.

May we hear the Lord when He says to us what He said to Paul when he lamented over his providential thorns:  My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  And may our response to Christ be the same as Paul’s: Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

As we continue to walk by faith, may we trust that we will see more clearly along the way (with more to look back on and marvel over after each strand of the Weaver’s work) what was quoted by A.W. Pink in the bulletin: “God is taking the tangled threads of our lives and ‘making them work together for good'” (Romans 8:28).

Semper Reformanda,

Pastor Grant