A woman sat on a bench at her flea market stall diligently working on a needlepoint project. The threads underneath her piece seemed in total disarray while she labored at it. To anyone observing it, it looked like a total mess. No one could tell what it would turn out to be until she finally turned it over.
When she did, on the other side lay an enchanting landscape of blossoming flowers meandering alongside a stone pathway. How lovely and intricate it was! Revealing a life lesson to me as to how important it is not to judge a piece of work until it is finished!
How very much like God’s intricate work in us, needlepoint is.
Once upon a time I worked for a Christian drug recovery center. The women who arrived at the facility were a mess, beaten by life and shattered into pieces. Life’s choices had not been good to them. Most had gotten into drugs and alcohol to cover painful, personal emotions attached to everyday situations; family issues, boyfriend or peer pressure. Others to dull the pain of loneliness, self esteem or bullying situations, while some had been urged into drugs and alcoholism by friends who were carelessly seeking “thrills.”
Regretfully and unbelievably, several had begun their dangerous meth or drug habit merely to lose weight. Now they were addicted. What a half-truth Satan proclaims when he tells a beautiful young woman that she will lose weight through drugs. Of course she will – because sadly a corpse deteriorates!
The half-truths of the world mislead many, just as it was since Adam and Eve. (“Surely you will not die . . . ” Genesis 3:4) And any drug which artificially jumpstarts one’s metabolism will hang on to every pound after the “goal” is reached as an act of survival. Losing weight through manipulating drugs WILL NOT WORK! Please do not even think of attempting a drug (even diet pills) to lose weight if you are a Christian. You are God’s holy temple and drugs change your biochemistry and brain function!
Today many of these lovely women (but sadly not all) have conquered the satanic bonds that anchored them to the world’s view of beauty. Those who placed their trust in Christ are now soaring high upon His Truth of Salvation instead of drugs. Many are healthier and happier as Christ demonstrated that each was worth the sacrifice He endured for them. They are now a child of the One True King! When their minds truly believed that, they began to act like the royalty they are.
The lure of any idol has a powerful tug. But the Word of God is stronger! I pray that those whose testimony is so strongly woven within the Word of God will be able to resist the ever present, powerful enticement towards their previous degrading lifestyle.
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
If our life is God’s tapestry, it is unclear even to us how His work will turn out until our lives are completed. God’s prick of the needle can be painful as He works on us. And sometimes God needs to modify His creation by reworking the pattern if we go astray. But be ever confident that He will never put us aside and forget about us.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6