Have you ever had those days where you can’t seem to shake off the past. I had one of those days. The night before I watched something on TV that brought back memories of a time in my life that I wish would have never been. I have struggled keeping it out of my head. I feel the pain as it was yesterday. I am sad and somewhat angry. I feel like crawling back in bed. Yet,I know that even the darkest times in our lives God is able to use for his glory. We can spend countless hours asking why and replaying the moments over and over again. It is such a waste of precious time. It can go on for days if we let it and take away time with those we love.
Phillipians 3:12-14 says….Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
It is hard to not let past memories hold us back from who God has created us to be. But somewhere in the pain there is the purpose. We might not see the whole picture until we have finished the race.
Our lives are like beautifully woven tapestries. The tops are gorgeous works of art woven with beautifully colored threads. We don’t see the finished product because we are looking at it from the underside. If you have seen any embroidery or woven pieces the underside looks like a jumbled mess of of knots and intertwining threads. It would be so much nicer if we could snip those knots away. Yet, each knot holds together a specific part of the artwork on top and without the knot it would unravel and all our work would be for nothing. It isn’t pretty but it is necessary.
Only God sees the finished product. It is our job to trust him with it. For the artist is the only one who knows the entire vision of his artwork.
Be blessed today and trust your lives to the one who holds the vision for our future.