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'This Is The Way It Should Be'
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I watched a stained glass window being made, once a long time ago, and was amazed at how very intricate it could be, pieces of colored glass in an abstract design, like rainbows tossed on the table in a pattern unstructured and free.
When I looked at them closely, the colors seemed dark, the face of the glass textured not smooth, and I wondered just how this could end up beautiful as I watched the artists' every move.
He put this piece here, and that one there, according to a pattern only he could see, and then when it was just right, arranged the way he wanted, he sighed and said 'this is the way it should be'.
Then he wrapped each glass piece in copper foil tape, the metal so shiny and bright, and I thought that it was going to stand out more than the colors when it was in the light.
But when he soldered it, attaching each piece with the fire from his portable torch, I saw all that brightness turn into tarnished hues, the fire leaving its mark, darkened and scorched.
I thought it was quite ugly, but didn't say a word, for I was only the observer, silent to be, but when that window was held up to the light, a complete transformation was revealed to me.
No more dark colors, with texture that got in the way, no more dark ugly edges around each piece, for when the sunshine came through that window,
it was a glorious masterpiece.
The colors came alive, the foil holding each segment secure, everything was in just the right place, and the rainbows it produced colored and filled the entire room, a thing of such wonderful beauty and grace.
And it made me think of the life I had before you, when all was in pieces, dark glass lying on the floor, and I had no idea of how to pick them up, find a pattern to make of them something more.
It was an impossible task, one I could not do alone, for making a life real takes help from above, and when I met Jesus, I knew that I had found the one who could make my life a pattern filled with love.
He took all the pieces of glass that broken were lying around, for my life at that time was a shambles, chaos and turmoil were strewn all about the ground.
But when Jesus gathered them up, and made a pattern of His own, the one He had planned for my life in Him fresh and new, He fastened each piece together with the foil of forgiveness, soldered securely with His love, deep and true.
The pattern wasn't complete, for there was more to come, a blessing He had kept til the very end, and when that final detail was added, He knew He had made the perfect blend.
Into that pattern of my life, Jesus added my dream come true, for what made the pattern so perfect, was the entwining of our hearts together, the wonderful love I have in you.
Now the window pattern is done, and hung up to catch all the light, for the Sonshine flows through each pane of our lives, making them sparkling bright.
When Jesus put our window together, He knew from the first what would make my life complete, what my secret longing was for, and He delighted in giving me the desire of my heart, a husband that I adore!
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