My life is but a weaving between the Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors He’s working steadily.
Oft times He’s weaving sorrow, and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.
Not til the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unfold 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.
In church this morning, a few lines from the poem, “The Weaver” (by Grant Colfax Tullar, b. 1869), were mentioned. My husband turned to me and gave me a smile, knowing that this has been my favorite poem since I first came across it in a student’s newsletter many years ago. Whenever I read or hear it, I am encouraged to trust the great Weaver all the more in this life and for the life to come. I love the poem for its vivid word pictures and simplicity, but I especially love it for always reminding me of the truth:
1. God’s wisdom far exceeds mine. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became his counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again?” (Romans 11:33-35)
2. My trials are temporary, but God’s purposes and promises are eternal. “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Corinthians 4: 16-18)
3. God is causing all things to work together for good, and His love for me is always steadfast and sure. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. . . For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28, 38)
(For historical information on Tullar, visit http://www.boltoncthistory.org/granttullar.html.)