A guest post by Leah Stewart…
One of the illustrations Brian used in a sermon early on in Exodus’ history was about tapestry. He described how the back of the tapestry can often look unorganized and chaotic. Some of the threads seem to have no particular reason for being where they are. But when you turn the cloth over, you see how all the threads work together to create a beautiful work of art. When I think about Exodus Church and the way God has used it to impact my family’s life, I always find myself back to this illustration.
The thread of our lives has been blessed to be interwoven with so many others here. God has used this church and these people to minister to us in more ways than I can count. It is such an encouragement to belong to a body of believers who allow God to use them to bless others. The people of Exodus have always come alongside our family and carried us when we were too weak to stand, encouraged us to keep pressing forward when we were too discouraged to go on, and poured themselves into our lives and the lives of our children.
Whenever I feel like life doesn’t make sense, I remind myself I am simply a thread in the tapestry God is weaving. He knows what the outcome will be and why I am being woven the way I am.
One day the tapestry will be turned around and I will see all the reasons why my thread was pushed and pulled the way it was. And I am so thankful that He has chosen those at Exodus to be woven in right beside me.