And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” This quote, attributed to Yogi Berra, seems to be how we go through life. I know when I was younger, and sometimes still today, I traveled through life seeming to have my fingers in my ears, taking whatever may come.

What happens when we take a wrong turn, choosing the wrong fork in the road? When our decisions lead us down a path not intended for us, can any good come from it? I suppose it depends on how we interpret “all things” within Romans 8:28.  I’m thinking “all” really does mean “all.” Nothing is outside the purview of God’s grace and mercy in the meandering paths we sometimes choose.

These paths taken and the experiences had on each journey are like the threads in fabric. All of these threads, some being full of color and vibrant, and others disorganized and unusable, can be taken by our Grand Weaver, God, and woven into a fabric that honors and glorifies God. All the threads, those beautiful and those rough and sometimes full of debris, are used and all are knitted together by our Weaver.

As we return to our Weaver following our meandering journeys, seeds of doubt can begin to bloom, telling us our fabric is frayed and unusable. But, Romans 8:28 informs that our God will use our woven fabric for his Kingdom. As you consider your fabric, consider and contemplate these words and realize that you always have value to God.


By Rich Obrecht

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