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God's Embroidery
 
When I was little, my mother used to sew a great deal. I would sit at her knee
and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that
she was embroidering. 

As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little
round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked
messy from where I sat. 

She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "Son, you go about your
playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put
you on my knee and let you see it from my side." 

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones
and wh they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then
I would hear Mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee." 

This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower, or a
sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. 
Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and
jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a plan on the top. It was a
design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see
what I was doing." 

Many times through the years I have looked up to heaven and said, Father, what
are You doing?" 

He has answered, "I am embroidering your life." 

I say, "But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem
so dark. Why can't they all be bright?" 

The Father seems to tell me, "'My child, you go about your business of doing
My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on my knee and
you will see the plan from My side." 

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