The Thread

Imagine a living tapestry of threads and colour. Some of the threads are generations old. We, the children of men, can’t see the big picture yet, but one day we will. For now, we are children in our understanding. All we know is our part, in the back of the tapestry.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12

The Lord thinks generationally whereas we tend to think everything revolves around ‘me.’ The Lord is thinking of the ‘big picture’ while we often can’t see beyond our small world.

God looks ahead to the generations to come and says, “There is more at stake here.”

Have you ever had times where you feel like you’re hanging by a thread? I have this year in 2020 after going through two lock downs and now cancer.

These are the times where, if we wait on the Lord, He will add His thread to ours to strengthen us. The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is ‘qavah,’ which means ‘to bind together by twisting.

I know the colours of the threads that God the Father likes; threads of gold, blue, and purple.

They’re the colours in the curtains of the tabernacle and in the garments of the priests.

The big picture is beautiful, but if we spin the yarn, it can get tangled and there’s way too much scarlet in it. With the Lord’s help, the thread is untangled, exchanged for gold, and woven into a pattern in the fabric of redemption.

Redemption

Jesus has an interesting family line.

Rahab was a prostitute. She tied a scarlet thread on her window at Jericho and both she and her family were spared. Joshua 2.

Tamar acted the part of a prostitute after Judah forgot about her, and from that union came twin sons. At birth one of the sons had the scarlet thread tied to his hand to indicate he was to have the designation and privileges of the firstborn. Genesis 38:27-30.

To all appearances, Zerah seemed to be the one, but God had different plans, and Perez was the firstborn. The name Perez appears in both genealogies of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Wedding Garment

The thread can run through a wedding garment. Psalm 45 is a wedding song which speaks of a princess wearing a gown interwoven with gold;

All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her — those brought to be with her. Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king. Psalm 45:13-15.

I think the thread was exchanged by the King at his arrest and trial. Mocked by the Roman soldiers, Jesus wore the scarlet robe for us.

Job, a good man known for his suffering said, “But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

You’ll see the scarlet thread in my story, and you’ll see where it’s been interwoven with the gold. My book ‘The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams’ has had very good reviews at Goodreads. I will supply the book free in exchange for a review or the purchase of my second book.

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