When was the last time you heard from God?
That’s a loaded question, isn’t it? Because, first we need to have some idea of what He sounds like and when He might speak to us, right?
Sadly, I don’t have a step-by-step process to offer, but I can give the following example from a day I had last week.
As I was reading through scripture Wednesday morning, one verse stood out. So, in order to let the words soak into my thoughts, I placed them on a lovely photo as a verse graphic for my phone.
These are the words in the Message:
I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. Colossians 2:2
With thoughts of being woven by God into a fabric of his choosing, I set about my day. As I sorted old pictures and cleaned my office I began to reflect in the images, awash in memories. Soon I found myself wallowing in real disappointments I’ve experienced in the last 24 years of mothering.
As I sat there at my desk, wondering the big WHYs of my mothering life . . . I noticed a CD case tucked under the pile of regrets.
I didn’t need to open the case or even listen to the CD to know the deeper meaning of finding it there, now. A poem written on the cover has been a lifeline for understanding how God is shaping my life:
“She who reconciles the ill-matched threads of her life,
And weaves them gratefully into a single cloth –
It’s she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
And clears it for a different celebration
Where the one guest is You”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Reconcile: to come to accept a disagreeable or unwelcome thing, to make peace with.
How have I made peace with all those ill-matched threads in my life experience?
Remembering the words from Colossians 2:2, I noticed how God is revealing day-by-day the great mystery of knowing Christ as I listen and watch for Him. I haven’t heard a loud thunderclap from heaven or seen a bring neon light of revelation.
In the Bible the word reconcile is used a bit differently. It has a specific purpose . . . “the reestablishment of an interrupted or broken relationship between us and God.”
What’s so amazing about this is that we don’t have to figure out a way to fill the gap between us. This is the Lord’s work, as Colossians 1:22-23 reminds us :
22now he(God) has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.
Regardless of my journey to get where I am today – in this free and reconciled relationship with God – I can stand firm.
Reflect on your own life . . .
What ill-matched threads have been woven into your life story?
Can you come to accept and welcome them . . . not out of sheer force of will . . . but with a steady letting go?
Are you able to focus on Christ rather than on disappointments?
Here’s a song with great words of truth and a journey vibe to encourage you that every mile along the way mattered: