Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday’s Story…

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As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before God along with all the other souls..
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles;
An angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with
in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune.. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth.. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was..
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.
An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of God. Then God stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let
Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing God to shine through!


kutiequilter said...

Michelle, I hope you don't mind that I copied this to my blog with a link and credit to yours. This just hit home today. We were discussing in our Bible study this week about grieving and quenching the Spirit of God. Talk about timely. I hope to share this with the ladies when we meet again as 4 of us (out of 7 ) are quilters!
Thanks so much for allowing God to use you in my life!

Marilyn said...

Thank you for this Sunday story Michelle. That is something for all of us to take along our lifes journey.

Isabella said...

WOW was the not just great I just loved it hadnt heard that one before, congratulations on your choosing home schooling I home schooled too my youngest is now 27 so it was a long time ago now.