“For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:9-13
The poem “The Weaver” by B.M. Franklin has wisdom drawn from this section of scripture. When Paul, the author of this first of two letters to the Corinthians in the Bible, states: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face” it is similar to the following section in the poem:
“Oftimes He weaveth sorrow, And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper And I, the underside. Not till the loom in silent And the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why.”
If you have ever looked at the underside of a tapestry, you may see many threads and loose ends that obscure the pattern that is only visible from the other side. We may wish to know more about God’s reasons for what He brings into our lives, but oftentimes He does not reveal them to us. It is part and parcel of our need to trust in Him, even in difficult times. By doing so, we open ourselves up to the blessings to come.
”And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” ~ Romans 5:3-5
This scripture verse was written by the Apostle Paul to the young church in Rome. His words outline a chain of events, starting with tribulation – difficult times in our lives. These are the “dark threads” that God weaves into our lives.
Perseverance is to be our response to such difficulties. To persevere means to persist in anything undertaken; to maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; to continue steadfastly. The key here is “in spite of difficulty”. We don’t give up! It’s obviously easy to persevere when times are full of sunshine, warmth and laughter. But we grow by persevering when the fiery trials come. It builds “proven character” which leads to “hope”.
Our prayer is that you face tribulation head on, persevere and look forward to the blessings that will come when you do. Turn to Jesus Christ, the Risen Savior, for help when you feel you no longer have the strength to continue. He is an ever-present source of strength to those who believe in Him.
My life is but a weaving Between my Lord and me, I cannot choose the colors He worketh steadily.
Oftimes He weaveth sorrow, And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper And I, the underside.
Not till the loom in silent And the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful In the Weaver’s skillful hand As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned.
~ B.M. Franklin (1882-1965)
This poem has a very special meaning to Cindy and me. We placed it on the prayer card of our son, Brian, at his funeral in 2003. We gave a print of it in a framed shadow box to the family of the young woman who was involved in the accident that took our son’s life. And we have a print of it framed and hanging on a wall in our home. For we clearly saw God’s hand in the midst of our deepest sadness. We saw threads of silver and gold which brought us bittersweet joy even as we lay awake crying in bed the night of his funeral. Not even the darkest threads can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ~Romans 8:35
Note that, although some have attributed the poem to Corrie Ten Boom, she was not the author. B.M. Franklin is the author.
My wife Cindy and I have experienced deep, personal loss. The loss of a son. The loss of a brother. Watching relatives’ lives devastated by drugs. Yet through God’s grace and our belief in His Son, Jesus Christ, we have weathered these and many other storms. We are experiencing His joy in our daily lives. He has given us the strength needed to persevere during trials and tribulations.
The scriptures teach us that persevering in difficult times is the way to grow one’s character and faith. We have created “The Weaver’s Hand” to encourage others through such scriptures and through the experiences of others. We will share personal stories of how God’s grace strengthens those who put their faith in Him.
Let us know your story. How has the Lord carried you in the midst of storms in your life? Your comments and suggestions will also be welcome and we pray that this site will be a blessing to you!
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.