The Weaver

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you,

will continue his work until it is finally finished

on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.

Philippians 1:6 NLT

Last week, my travels took me past cotton fields in Alabama and Mississippi. It got me thinking about The Weaver:

Two knotty fingers interrupt a pleasant afternoon.Black meets white as the firm grip of a sharecropper removes the soft ball from its home. The metamorphosis begins. 

The weaver gives his best to purchase the crop - for one day his work will fetch a very high price.He sees beyond the cotton's present simplicity to a future glory. A bath in dye is followed by a trip to the loom. The cotton resists the change. Why must it endure a stretch, a twist, a pull?

Each change beautifies.

Some of the weaver’s work will become the soft skin of a parlor sofa; another an extravagant tapestry.Some will form a simple cloth to wipe a laborer's brow; others become fabric to adorn a king. But each weave is unique, each piece is prepared for a noble use.

You are the cotton in the Weaver’s hand. He’s given his best to purchase you. He sees so far beyond what you are and delights in what you will become.

So the Weaver will change you.

At times he will stretch you, and pull you in ways you never dreamed. On other occasions he will twist circumstances and situations to make you more than you thought you could be. Yes, he will change you, for the Weaver is never content to let you remain the same. He has a noble purpose in mind.

You can take comfort in this: the Weaver loves his trade and he never quits.He delights in transforming the inconspicuous into the intricate. Even today he will be working on the pattern that is your life.

Look for it.