I see a parallel between a tapestry and our lives. Moments and people and celebrations and houses and locations and jobs all coming together to create memories and memories adding up to a life. Intersections of moments that change our course of direction making different outcomes that we have no control over...yet it all seems to work out.
God showed Himself to me this weekend. And I keep thinking of the happenings surrounding this weekend as a tapestry that God has been weaving for awhile now.
My middle daughter and I went to Scottsdale to attend a baby shower for my oldest, pregnant daughter. My sister couldn't make this trip to Scottsdale with me, although she wanted to. My close friend from Atlanta was there however. So I was with my 2 daughters and my best friend. I was in a "happy place."
Thirty minutes before we were to leave for the shower...just as we were putting on our makeup...my phone rang. My sister was calling me to tell me that my mother had just passed away. My sister...who couldn't come to Scottsdale, was with my mother in her last peaceful moments and assured me that it was all good. So I held back the tears and the emotions and carried forward through the next 2 days of happiness...visiting my daughter and enjoying the showering of gifts for my new grand baby. And I was able to spend 2 great days with my best friend.
My friend said to me, "Do you see that your sister couldn't come with you because God needed her to be with your mother? And He sent me to be with you."
Ahhh, like a tapestry. His great design.
My mother has been in very ill health for a long time...and bed-ridden for the last 3 years. She was 79 and still had all her wits about her but trapped in a body that failed her. So there is a new peace within me knowing that she is no longer in pain or confined to a bed. I want to believe she is reunited with my father, the love of her life.
Hindsight is 20/20 they say...and this weekend I can look back and clearly see God's handiwork in weaving all of this together in His perfect way in His perfect timing.
Dear God -
Thank You for my mother and the life You gave me through her body. While we didn't always see eye to eye, I know she loved me and I loved her. Thank you for taking her out of this world full of physical and emotional pain and please, please, please take her to my sweet, calm Daddy. I see clearly that You needed Catha to be here this weekend to be with my mother in her last moments and so You sent Debbie to be with me. A perfect plan. I mostly want to thank You for the peace I felt all weekend which I know I could not have had without Your presence around me. Please continue to give me Your peace.