This week has been interesting! You know, I am always surprised when life seems to be moving along rather smoothly, and then suddenly something (or someone!) crosses my path, and delivers a heavy load of negativity. Well, that is the kind of thing that knocked my socks off this past few days. As I was reading a sweet little book that I received as a gift several years ago, "What I Learned from God While Quilting," I came across several descriptions of patchwork quilts that seem to be great imagery for our lives. And as a quilter and seamstress for so many years, that was just what I needed to think about at a moment when some "yucky stuff" was hanging around our little world.
The quote that I shared this week as hostess for "In Other Words," was about how we all have moments in our life when we look around and see "fragments of our dreams lying in pieces on the floor." And isn't that so much the way our lives are sometimes! When everything we've lived for, worked for, prayed for, and given our time and energy for . . . . suddenly isn't the way we thought it would be. And then, if we choose to, we can sweep up all those little "fragments of our dreams," and toss them in the trash can - or we can let God take all those pieces and stitch them together to make something beautiful. I love patchwork! But when I think about it in terms of my life story, I see how even the "yucky stuff" can be brought into the complete work of art that God is creating of me, and know that the whole masterpiece is beautiful.
So, today, as I consider the different "scraps" of my life and how they have come together in a work of art entitled "My Life," suddenly I see the "yucky stuff" of this past week in a completely different light. I especially like crazy patch piecing (and isn't THAT even more appropriate as an analogy for life!) where I can take little bits and pieces of fabric, ribbon, lace, buttons, beads, charms . . . . most of them left overs from other projects, and put them all together in a wonderful design and create something that is not only beautiful but useful, as well. That's the story of our lives. A little of this and a little of that, a few pieces that maybe aren't exactly what we expected, lots of pieces that bring joy, sparkle, and beauty, all together in the finished creation that is "My Life." I hope you think about that when some of the "yucky stuff" comes your way! Pick it up, put it where it belongs, and know that even when your heart is breaking, this "piece" of life will be part of the greater design of YOUR life.