“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8Isaiah 55
Ravi Zacharias visited the Indian city of Varanasi, home of the famous wedding saris that are resplendent with gold and silver threads. At the factory, he expected to see a system of machines making the saris. Instead, he saw that each one is made by a father-son team— the father sitting above on a platform surrounded by spools of thread that he controls. The son does only one thing: when the father nods, he moves the shuttle from one side to the other and back again. The process is repeated for hours until the pattern emerges.
Zacharias shares, “All along the father had the design in his mind and brought the right threads together. The more I reflect on this, I am fascinated to see the design God has for each of us, individually, if we would respond. Little reminders show the threads he has woven into our lives” (2007).
God calls us to trust His design in our suffering, even when His thoughts are beyond our understanding. Our Savior, man of sorrows Himself, knows far better than we do the joy that comes through pain.
“Trust God to weave your little thread into the great web, though the pattern shows it not yet.” (George MacDonald, 1824-1905)