In his book Jesus Among Other Gods, Ravi Zacharias tells the story about how God, the Master Weaver, sovereignly works to weave beauty into our lives as we respond to his will. During a trip to India, Zacharias noticed a father and son who were weaving some of the most beautiful Indian wedding saris in the world. Zacharias explains the background and then describes the scene: The sari, of course, is the garment worn by Indian women. It is usually six yards long. Wedding saris are a work of art; they are rich in gold and silver threads, resplendent with an array of colors. The place I was visiting was known for making the best wedding saris in the world. I expected to see some elaborate system of machines and designs that would boggle the mind. Not so! Each sari was being made individually by a father-and-son team. The father sat above on a platform two- to three-feet higher than the son, surrounded by several spools of thread, some dark, some shining. The son did just one thing. At a nod, from his father, he would move the shuttle from one side to the other and back again. The father would gather some threads in his fingers, nod once more, and the son would move the shuttle again. This would be repeated for hundreds of hours, till you would begin to see a magnificent pattern emerging. The son had the easy task—just to move at the father’s nod. All along, the father had the design in mind and brought the threads together. The more I reflect on my own life and study the lives of others, I am fascinated to see the design God has for each one of us … if we would only respond to him.
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” The word translated ‘masterpiece’ in this verse is the Greek word ‘poema.’ We are God’s poem, his workmanship, his opus magnum—designed by Him to do good works for the kingdom. God is able to take the multi-faceted strands of our lives and weave them together for something good. When we partner with his sovereign action, the result is a mosaic that honors Him and brings us life. The key is continuing to respond to Him! Let’s ask God for the wisdom to keep His will foremost in our lives and hearts—and then watch as He develops great beauty!