Saturday, April 7, 2007

Quilt of Holes

                      

                         Subject:Quilt of Holes:

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before
the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a
quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I
noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled  with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest  holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares.
Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my  own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together,
threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be
displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had
all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there  had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to
the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it
was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my
life to the light.

An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the
others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light
flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and  My struggles.

Each point of light in your life is when you stepped
aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you."

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing
Christ to shine through!

7 comments:

lanurseprn said...

Wow Julie...this was great!
Pam

rdautumnsage said...

How beautifully, touching, and true!! Indigo

jckfrstross said...

Beautiful!!!

Deb

coelha said...

That is beautiful Julie..  Thanks for sharing...it gave chills--good chills though.  Julie :)

erarein63 said...

Oh Julie, this is absolutely beautiful!  Thanks for sharing!!!  De ;)

cacklinrosie101 said...

Julie, this is lovely.  I had never seen this one before.  Chris

inquestoftruth said...

How true is this!!   I'd never seen this one before, and I love it!!
~Meg