I know this story has been circulating online and offline for a long time. We reference this in Griefshare as a way to help explain what does not make sense. So I thought I would share it with you. I know there are people out there going through grief and other tough situations. Hopefully this will help you as well.
God’s Embroidery (author unknown)
When I was a little girl, 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 with it in the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand.
I complained to her that is sure looked messy from where I sat.She would smile at me, look down and gently say, “My daughter, you go about playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on me 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 “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, “From underneath, it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was 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 seems so dark. Why can’t they all be bright?” The Father seems to tell me, “My child, you go about your business of doing, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on my knee, and you will see the plan from My side.”