SPOTLIGHT - but a weaving
About the Spotlight Writer
Hello! My name is Hannah Becker and I will be going into my final semester at Baylor University, where I will be student teaching middle school choir and elementary music. I’m passionate about serving and loving kids and families, am an avid coffee drinker and love to read!!
“But a Weaving”
by hannah becker
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts
Neither are your ways my ways,
Declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are my ways higher than your ways
And my thoughts than your thoughts” – Isaiah 55:8-9
For the past two and a half months, I have had the opportunity to serve at a Christian Family camp in the beautiful Sangre De Cristos mountains (that’s “blood of Christ” – how cool is that?). Camp can be pretty non-stop, and a lot of times I find myself so busy and overstimulated that it is hard to even begin to pinpoint what the Lord is trying to teach me. But if I had to choose one highlight, it would be this:
Our lives are not random. The Lord is in it all.
But it is so easy to believe the opposite of this! Or, at least, it is easy to forget how crucial this truth is. There have been so many times when I am in the middle of a dark or difficult season where I cry out to the Lord – “This is meaningless!” But it’s not. Not only is it meaningful, but it is deeply purposeful. Guys, sometimes it is so easy for me to believe that the Lord simply allows hard things to happen to me. Forget about his “careful hand” – I’ll believe he just tossed me aside, probably because I disappointed him or didn’t love him enough, or something. But last time I checked, that would not match the description God’s word gives our Heavenly Father. My mind is limited by time, and my perspective is hindered by what is right in front of me.
Around September of last year, my pastor at church read aloud “The Tapestry Poem” by Corrie Ten Boom:
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.
Have I always enjoyed, or even understood, what the Lord is doing? No, definitely not. But notice what the poem says -- “between my God and me”. The Lord promises to walk with us and to never abandon us, even (or, especially) when we don’t understand what He’s doing.
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.
Now, I wouldn’t ever claim Corrie Ten Boom’s poetry to be a substitute for Biblical truth. But read what this poem is saying!! It doesn’t say “the dark threads are sort of needful” or “you just have to tolerate the dark threads”. No, it says the dark threads are as needful. That means that the Weaver, the Lord, is choosing to take our deepest wounds and trials and REDEEM them. This is not a character trait of a careless God, but of a God who LOVES us.
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the testing of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:6-7