"This is going to be so pretty!" exclaimed Maggie as she helped her grandmother work on a quilt--a wedding gift for Maggie's cousin. "Elise will love this!"
Grandma smiled. "Each square is cut from one of her old shirts or dresses," she said. "I plan to make this kind of quilt for all of you kids." She stood up. "Come along . . . I'll show you something." She led Maggie to a storage closet and opened a box half full of cloth squares.
Maggie recognized material from some of her favorite clothes . . . and she also saw squares made from some not-so-favorite ones. "These are to make a quilt for me?" she asked, and Grandma nodded.
Maggie was amazed at how Grandma could take such old, useless, outgrown things and make something lovely from them. "Wow!" she exclaimed. "I didn't even like the outfits some of those pieces come from, but when I see all the squares lying together in the box like that, they look great!" She grinned at her grandmother. "You're good, Grandma!"
Grandma laughed. "You know," she said as they returned to working on the quilt for Elise, "our lives are something like patchwork quilts. God sees all the pieces of our lives--the good and the bad. As we surrender ourselves to Him, He cuts, shapes, and puts the pieces of our lives together to make something beautiful."
As Grandma was talking, Maggie recalled the week of vacation her family had recently enjoyed. She remembered the fun she'd had at her last birthday party. But she also thought of some of the worst days of her life--the day her grandfather died, the low grade she had gotten in math one day even after studying hard, and the way her best friend had snubbed her only a few days before.
"I'm sure God is the only one who can take all the pieces of our lives--even the things we think are terrible--and make something good of them," said Maggie thoughtfully. "I don't understand how He does it, but I know He will."
"That's right." Grandma nodded. "We can safely trust Him with all of our days."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What happy days do you recall? What seemingly bad ones happened lately? Maybe you came in last at the track meet, or maybe one of your friends lied about you. Maybe someone you love is sick. Whatever it is, does it seem like no good can possibly come from those difficult times? Trust Jesus to take all of those troublesome days, blend them in with the happy times, and use them all to make your life beautiful.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 37:23 (KJV)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.