In August, I had the pleasure of going on a Church Camp Retreat with my daughter. It started out rocky with an insane thunderstorm that threatened the whole weekend, but God shined down and made it a beautiful and memorable couple days for everyone. It was also the weekend of the terrible events that occurred in Charlottesville. My soul ached for the hatred in the world and the toll it took on human lives and hearts. On the other hand, I felt comforted and protected by the love that surrounded us from my brothers and sisters in Christ. Our love crossed all the boundaries that society has a tendency to use for dividing us, but we embraced one another with the fruit of the holy spirit. It was refreshing watching the kids play without inhibitions in the wide open fields, laying in the hammock, sitting around the bonfire eating smores and taking an evening walk through the woods laughing with a little screaming along the way.
On Saturday, the ladies were taught a class by one of my favorite teachers ever (Isabelle if you’re reading this, you know it’s you 🙂 about the woman of the Bible, both villains, and heroes. Our ever so clever instructor had a different color of yarn that represented each woman and red yarn that represented God. We were all seated in a circle and passed around the red yarn, then as each woman was discussed we passed around that yarn that represented them all while continuously passing around the red yarn that weaved through the others. It was an amazing class exercise that I have thought about ever since.
Here are a few practical points I took from this exercise that I wanted to share:
- God is Woven Into the Fabric of Our Lives Regardless of Our Choices: Whether our choices are wise or unwise God is always present, we may not acknowledge or turn to him, but he is woven into our lives every day as a constant presence.
- It Takes Intentional Focus to be Aware of How God is Woven Into Our Life: It was interesting and humorous watching the women in the circle passing around the yarn, especially when there was more than one yarn going around at a time, it did get a little tricky. It made me think about how we should focus our attention on how God is working through our lives and how we have to be intentional about our own awareness of his presence even when we get tangled up by obstacles.
- God Creates a Beautiful Tapestry in Our Lives: We all endure different seasons in our lives. Some seasons are simple and flow easily just like the rhythm in the beginning of our exercise, but as the stories began to pick up so did the pace, and there was some struggle in keeping the yarn going around. At times it got a little delayed, but our sisters helped each other to get it moving again all the while weaving the red yarn through the colors. In the end, there was this beautiful, a little messy, but filled with love project. I think that’s how it is with us. We make all kinds of different choices, some good some unwise, sometimes we’re moving right along and then we get stuck. But, we have our family in Christ to help us get through the knots so we can keep going and all the while God is right there through the whole process and in the end there is something beautiful.
The red that represented God was dominant and I have to remember that as I face this full season in my life. That no matter my circumstances, or choices I make, God is always sovereign and in control. Isn’t it wonderful that we can take great comfort in knowing that He is the dominant force in our life? We can have faith that through it all he has a beautiful tapestry planned out specifically for each of us!