Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must first deny himself and
take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
( Matt. 16:24 )
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
She would smile at me, look down and gently say,
"Child, 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
I would wonder why she was using some dark
threads along with the bright ones and why they
seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes
would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice
say, "Child, 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
Then Mother would say to me, "My child, 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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