When we look only at the frayed threads, in our moments of isolation, they appear inferior and undesirable. But when woven together by our Faithful God, our darker threads blend beautifully with our lighter more mellow ones. Our beauty coalesces with our pain as God weaves a magnificent tapestry, that ultimately is the beauty of the tapestry of our lives.
Do you recognize the work of the master weaver in your life? Are you willing to embrace the painful stitches that are necessary to create your life story as a work of art? Will you let go of your past and trust God with your future, allowing Him complete oversight of your life — unveiling the masterpiece of you?
For this journal, I was asked to write about graffiti.
I could not. I was at a loss for words. Graffiti just does not speak to me.
Not like tapestries do. Tapestries are grand and abundant. The intricacy of the details. The numerous stories being told.
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The lushness, the romance, the drama. Graffiti, unlike tapestries, has no tactile fibers with memories existing in them. Graffiti stays superficial, while tapestries run deep.
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A tapestry boasts complexity and tells multiple narratives. A graffito is simple and only tells one. A graffito offers no physical connection. A graffito does not distinguish itself from the surface it covers in any tangible way. It always shows up flat and two-dimensional. Graffiti often feels hurried.
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Not fully thought through before it is executed. It manifests through powerful sprays of paint, thrown up quickly and covertly. Whatever the messages are, they never seem meant for me. When the messages being passed from the artist to the public are immediate and relevant to the here and now, graffiti can be powerful and inspiring.
When used as a rogue vehicle for public communication, for expressing the sociopolitical issues of the day, graffiti can be galvanizing and agitating. Graffiti gets political.
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Graffiti gets controversial. Graffiti is the sharing of hurt and angry voices in the public sphere.
Graffiti is an act of democracy. Graffiti is an act of freedom. Graffiti stretches back thousands of years to the days of ancient Egypt and the Greeks and the Romans. The hieroglyphics that can still be seen today etched on sandstone walls throughout the Nile River Valley are some of the earliest examples of graffiti known to humankind. Each one of us is a gift to those around us helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together.
If you view your life as a piece of fabric or a tapestry, the photography is the stitching. It keeps everything together. Joe McNally. We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God's light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence.
John Piper. Life resembles Gobelin tapestry; you do not see the canvass on the right side; but when you turn it, the threads are visible. Madame De Stael.
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The tapestry of history that seems so full of tragedy when viewed from the front has countless comic scenes woven into its reverse side. In truth, tragedy and comedy are the twin masks of history - its mass appeal. Jose Ortega Y Gasset. My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever changing view.
Carole King. Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakable tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others. Rainer Maria Rilke.