Thoughts

His Ways Are Higher

February 9, 2012

Looking over my journal entries from last year, I was amazed to read about the predictions I had written down about my life and how I thought this year would look like. Not all – in fact, few – of my “predictions” actually happened. I am a planner. I love to know what’s going to happen. When something goes “wrong” (not how I think it should go), I am often disappointed.

As I sat there reading my journal, I was struck by the thought: God’s ways are higher than mine. He is in control of my life, not me. I can trust Him. It reminded me of a poem some sweet friends shared with me for my pearls of wisdom tea party. It compares our lives to a tapestry:

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 underside.

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 know, He loves, He cares, nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those who leave the choice with Him.

I remember working on a quilt several years ago. It was big and the upper side was beautiful. But on the underside I could see all the strings and raw edges of fabric. Threads stuck out most disgracefully, and the pattern was barely distinguishable. But when I sewed the backing on, no more to see the raw underside, all I could see was the beautiful top of my quilt.

Just as I saw the upper side of my quilt, God sees the “master plan” of our lives. He knows what He is doing. Even when He brings hardship into our lives, let’s not forget that “He sees the upper, and we the underside”.
Romans 8:28
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

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    Mrs. Armour

    February 9, 2012

    Thank you, dear Brookie, for posting this. It is a very timely reminder that blessed my weary heart. God is growing you into such a beautiful young lady by His grace and through your super-duper, wonderfully awesome family! We LOVE and MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH. With much love, Mrs. Armour : )

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    Hannah

    February 10, 2012

    Beautiful, Brookie! Simply beautiful! Thank you for your dear, sweet encouragement. I only wish that I could experience it in person more often.

    I have tears in my eyes even now after reading Mama’s comment – I miss you all so very much. You are all such a blessing to us – I can’t tell you how much you all mean to us. We love you so, so very much.

    His ways are indeed higher than ours. I guess I’ll have to email you all of my numerous thoughts another time, or this comment would get too long. I love you so very much, dear friend.

    To God be the Glory,
    Love,
    Hannah

    P.S.
    Say “hello” to everyone from the Armours! :)

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