Seeing the Right Side
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) Dutch Christian who, along with family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II and was imprisoned for it. She later went on to travel the word as a public speaker. Her story was told in the movie “The Hiding Place”.
Depending on the perspective we choose we can either add to our worry or be deeply inspired. The following story is a beautiful demonstration as well as a gentle reminder that when looking at chaos there is beauty if we will shift our way of thinking. Our beliefs, our faith, our outlook, our emotions and our desires are all inner woven to create the fabric of our lives. Each thread has a purpose and a beauty of its own. There will always be two sides in this delicate construction. Which side will you choose to look at today?
The following is shared courtesy of the Corrie ten Boom Museum During Corrie’s presentations to audiences, she would often hold the back side of a piece of embroidery (pictured), with hundreds of tangled threads hanging from it. Many wondered if she was holding up the wrong side by mistake. As she held up the messy side of the embroidery she would ask…“Does God always grant us what we ask for in prayer? Not always. Sometimes He says, ‘No.’ That is because God knows what we do not know. God knows all. Look at this piece of embroidery. The wrong side is chaos. But look at the beautiful picture on the other side – the right side.”
Triumphantly she flipped the cloth over and revealed an elaborately embroidered crown – symbolizing our crown of eternal life. The crown was intricately stitched, and had threads of many colors, including gold, silver and pearls. “We see now the wrong-side, God sees His side all the time. One day we shall see the embroidery from His side and thank Him for every answered and unanswered prayer.”