Sunday, July 24, 2011

Optimism

There is a lot that I could write about today’s sermon.

It was the 4th part of a series that Earl is doing on being an “Eternal Optimist”. (Based on Romans 8:28)

Today, as one of his illustrations, he used the testimony of Corrie TenBoom, one of my favorite heroes.

Corrie TenBoom

She lived through World War II and survived a Nazi concentration camp.

The following poem can be found in the museum in Holland, which was once her home.

Life is But a Weaving

My life is but a weaving

Between my God and me.

I cannot choose the colors

He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;

And I in foolish pride

Forget He sees the upper

And I the underside.

Tapestry Back

Not ‘til the loom is silent

And the shuttles cease to fly

Will God unroll the canvas

And reveal 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 the very best to those

Who leave the choice to Him.

Then he had someone flip it around to the front side:

Tapestry Front

A needful reminder.

Like I said, I could write a LOT about what God did in my mind and heart this morning,

but time does not allow.

May you be content, as I am praying to be,

to view life from the underside,

and trust Him to working for your good and His glory from the topside,

And maybe, just maybe,

if you train your eyes to view life and your circumstances through the lens of wisdom and discernment,

you can begin to see the faint outline of the final picture to be.

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