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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Life's Tapestry
By D Stroup


A bright light illuminates the large workroom. No artificial light source can be seen. Instead, the room is glowing with light emanating from the focal point of the room, the Master Weaver. He sits at a large weaver’s loom creating a pattern for a rich tapestry. Actually, the loom seems small compared to the largeness of His presence. The rich wooden frame of the loom supports the many rows of threads running back and forth in rows laid out before the Master Weaver. The vibrant colored threads He has chosen sit next to his calloused hand awaiting his bidding. As His hands move effortlessly throwing the weaver’s shuttle back and forth across the loom, it makes a clicking sound with each pass. His hands move purposefully without pausing or stopping. He uses brilliant and vibrant colors to splash across the taut threads forming a unique pattern that He has chosen. His mouth curves into a soft smile as His eyes gleam with warmth. Around the weaver’s large workshop are displays of many of His other tapestries He lovingly created, some still in progress and others with completed patterns.

Each tapestry is unique in design and variation in color. The light threads represent the joys of life: family, friends, career accomplishments, marriage, and children, to name a few. Many of the dark colors try to drown out the lighter colors, but instead they only make the lighter colors brighter and more alive. These dark threads represent the tragedies of misunderstandings, loss, death, divorce, as well as, the many other obstacles life places in front of us.

With care and purpose, the Creator weaves a unique pattern on the tapestry of every life. As the threads of a life are spread out caringly on his loom, He weaves a beautiful pattern according to His plan.

“For you created my inmost being:
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and
Wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret
When I was woven together in the
Depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
Were written in your book
Before one of them came to be.”
- Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

Some lives recognize the special pattern being developed through their life experiences. They gladly accept this special pattern and willingly allow the Master Weaver to continue weaving his pattern or purpose for them. Others choose to ignore it, or reject it. They try to weave a pattern for their own lives, which is at cross-purposes with the Master Weaver. In doing so, they lose sight of their purpose. Without purposefulness in their life, they cause a discordant pattern to develop. They miss the beautiful picture the Master Weaver has planned for them.

As the Master Weaver knows, there is only one purpose in life for each of His creatures, that is, to glorify Him, but that purposefulness can be fulfilled in so many ways. Just as He creates a myriad of patterns in the tapestry of life, just so, each life fulfills the Creator’s purpose in so many different ways. He has created us to glorify Him though the gifts He has given to each of us whether through service, arts, or relationships. Are we allowing Him to develop the pattern of His choosing in our life? Is our purpose to glorify Him in whatever way He has planned? The Master Weaver is waiting for us to yield to His purpose in the developing tapestry of our lives.

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Patricia Trimarchi06/01/06
I enjoyed this very much...Pat
Rita Garcia06/02/06
Great read! Yes, to "Glorify God" Good job!
Sherry Wendling06/03/06
Excellent and inspiring devotional! You have a wonderful 'inner eye,' painting a picture with words to illustrate your message.

Here are a couple of ways to make your piece even more powerful: Brevity and sizzle.
Use swift, effective brush-strokes to paint your picture, so you don't lose the reader in a sea of description for the same scene.

Sizzle is a way to help you do that. When polishing your piece, comb through it for passive verb forms like "can be seen" or "is glowing," or "that He has chosen." Put them in active form, and replace humdrum, everyday verbs with "hot" verbs.

Have fun with this, and keep writing!