See to it that you're not suddenly saddened by the adversities of this
world, for you don't know the good they bring, being ordained in the
judgments of God for the everlasting joy of the elect.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591AD) on Afflictions
Mini-Bio: Spanish; Carmelite priest, provincial, reformer, mystical writer, Doctor of the Church
That's sure true. Or, as I read somewhere else: we only see the "messy" side of the tapestry that God is sewing ("sowing") with your life...with your day...with your present moment. We look and think, "Ug." or "What the HECK could He be doing?" "Hmm...wonder if He really knows how to sew." :P
BUT--in reality, every cross-stitcher knows that the back MAY look messy (even some knots showing!) but the front is planned and lovely.
So, the reading went on, always know that God knows how to "sew" (sow) and knows exactly what He is doing and does it perfectly well! Have patience! Trust! (That's the hard part)
So, when you have one of "those days" or weeks...or "times"...
pray, hope, TRUST, and don't worry....
God is excellent at His "tapestries" and is creating something quite beautiful one day.
You'll see it and get a big sheepish grin perhaps and say:
"Oooooh..hehehehe...well, I didn't know..." :D *blush*
And, He'll look at you with a Fatherly twinkle in His eye and smile in his voice and say:
"I know you didn't. That is why I asked you to trust me." :D
"Now, child, did I disappoint you?"
You'll have the blush and big sheepish grin again and say,
"No, Father!" and then that grin will turn into a truly big joyful smile!
Seems like the simplest little word.
Who doesn't trust God? If you don't trust Him, who can you trust?
So, let's resolve this year to TRUST more.
Especially when we notice "the knots" and start to feel that sinking feeling! :P