KML (6 Feb 2011)
"" A Quilt of Holes " ( shared and to be shared)"
As I faced my maker at the Judgment Seat, I knelt before the Lord along with
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
into a tapestry that is our life.
As my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty
of my squares were. 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 everyday 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 tern, holding up their tapestry.
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.
had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of
illiness, 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
for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my
life to the light, An awe-filled gasped 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 !
God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you
let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go...
May this letter bless you as it did me when I received it.
Share it with those in your life, and let me know, will you?
Blessings in our Lord Jesus Christ