19th November 2010

The Thread Of Life

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
James 4:14 (KJV)

As a young girl in trying to understand God and eternity I would lie awake, and contemplate the threads in my quilt.  If one of the cross threads were equal to one lifetime, then the hundreds of threads in the quilt were all of human history.  One single thread seemed very insignificant and small, but if it were missing would make a difference to the quilt.  The threads running longwise, to my fancy, were God who is the tie that binds us to one another and to Him.  You might say that time and infinity meet at the ‘cross’!

This concept was a small comfort to me in trying to understand pain and suffering as well.  The hard things of life pale in importance when put against a background of eternity.  Paul said something similar in Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  It certainly does not seem like it at the time, but just as that one thread seems so small in comparison with the whole quilt, our trials and traumas are over relatively quickly.

2 Peter 3:8 says a day to God is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day. As we grow old the years seem to fly by in a flash, which makes this concept a little easier to understand, but imagine if we could accomplish as much in a day as in a thousand years!

Have you heard about the young girl who had an interview with God?  She said, “A penny for your thoughts.”  To which God replied, “Gladly, just give me a minute!”  Let’s give God all our minutes.

As you look down on your humble creation, God, we know you understand our sufferings and our celebrations.  Help us to live every minute as an act of worship to you, our Creator who dwells in infinity.

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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