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By Dr. Jack Hyles
When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider 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. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. 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 sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My son, you go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side." 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, "Son, 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 messy. Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a predrawn 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 my Heavenly Father 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."
One day I will be with Him and will see it from His side, and we all will find that our lives were planned and that the dark threads were necessary. That which seemed jumbled from underneath looks perfectly orderly and according to God's plan when we see it from His side. One day, upon hearing that one of my dearest members had cancer, I put the above thoughts to rhyme and meter.
'Twas just a little wooden hoop
"What are you doing, Mother dear?"
"I must confess, 'tis quite a mess,
"Why, Mother, are the darkened strands
"My son," soothed Mother's smiling
"You cannot see from 'neath my knee
When Mom was done, she cooed, "My son,
I soon found rest upon her breast,
"What wasn't known to you, mine own,
"The course I took, I ne'er forsook.
"Bright threads alone could not have
"What was to thee, where thou could see,
"What are You doing, Father dear?"
"'Tis messy too, from earthly view
I heard a loud, yet silent voice:
"You need the night as well as light
"One day, twice born, I'll blow My horn.
"'Tis then you'll find, dear child of
"So trust Me now, though furrowed brow
"Just do My will and love me till
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