Embroidery lessons

I read this a long, long time ago. In some magazine, somewhere in my grandmother’s house. It was so long ago, that I couldn’t recall the name of the author or the title of the write-up. (Eating those almonds as a child- the ones I fed street dogs and ants- would have benefited me. No kidding.) Without the specifics, all these years the primary message stayed with me. When some days back I wanted to read the entire write up again, I resorted to Google. A few keywords and one hit at Google led me to the original text.

It’s a write up that, I think, applies so well to life.

When I was a little boy, 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 within the boundaries of the little
round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, “My son, you
go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I
will put you on my 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, “Son, 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, “My son, 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
only 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 seem so
dark. Why can’t they all be bright?” The Father seems to tell me, “My child, you
go about your business of doing my business, and one day I will bring you to
Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side.”

~ Author Unknown ~

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