"Life is like a Patchwork Quilt"
Forrest Gump was told by his mother that "Life is like a box of chocolates....you never know what you will get."
Another appropriate analogy might be, "Life is like a patchwork quilt.......all in pieces until put together into a beautiful work of art by "The Master."
Think about it! When fabric is cut into many different and diverse pieces, they do not appear very attractive and certainly do not give even a hint of serving any particular purpose. In much the same way, we are all from diverse backgrounds and very different in appearance. And, without the direction of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we seem to have no specific purpose to our lives.
However, if we place our lives into the "Master's" hands and reconcile with Him, He can take all the different "pieces" of us and our lives and re-assemble them -- just as the experienced quilt maker can re-assemble all the different pieces of a quilt and turn our lives into something serviceable and beautiful to behold.
A quilt is assembled by connecting all the different pieces together.....first into individual blocks and then into an entire blanket of warmth and beauty. The result, in the hands of "the Master," is a
Beautiful, functional piece of work which is of service to humanity.
Just as the pieces of the quilt must be submissive and reconcile with the surrounding pieces to make a block, so must WE submit to the will of God. We must reconcile with Him in order to be able to reconcile and work with those around us......different and diverse from our ways and appearance.
Then, and only then, can we become "joined" and be able to blanket the world with comfort, warmth and beauty, just as a quilt blankets those under it with comfort, warmth and beauty.
In this topsy turvey world, with our country seemly split in half over the upcoming elections, it would seem that we, as Children of the Father, should be the first to reach our hands "in reconciliation" to those around us and begin the process of rebuilding our country.....one piece, one block and one section at a time until God, through US, can assemble the pieces into one enormous blanket of love and compassion for our fellow humans.
We can only do this by first examining the pieces of our own individual lives. We must make sure that we are "reconciled" to God and that we are prepared to be joined together to form the "pieces" of the quilt. Only then can we "cover the world" with the warmth and comfort of knowing a personal Savior.