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The Masterpiece of Our Lives

The Masterpiece of Our Lives

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I pray that I may not ask to see the distant scene. I pray that one step may be enough for me. - 24 Hours a Day, Oct. 28

Essentially, the question here is whether or not I trust that G‑d is taking care of me. If I truly believe that He is watching over me, planning out my life in the way that is best for me, even if this involves challenges and struggles, then it's enough to live in the now. I have no need to worry about the future. I don't have to anticipate what is coming next, or to stress about it. I can feel safe, no matter what, because I am like a baby in its mother's arms, not having to worry about the next meal. I do not have to ask "what's next?" but can take my time — right here, right now, in the very step I am taking. This doesn't mean that I can't plan for the future just that I don't need to worry about it. Planning helps me to prepare that next step, but worrying trips me up before I even take it.

A good example for this concept is tapestry. On the back, it looks like a mess, with knots and clumps. But on the front, there may be a masterpiece - a magnificent picture. That's what our lives are like. To us, it often seems a mess - with stops and starts, with all sorts of knots and bungles. But to G‑d, Who sees the true masterpiece of our lives, all of these little bits make up the complete picture of who and what we are meant to be, and will eventually become — all the little parts that make up the whole. When our lives are done, and we are in our final "home" - right next to G‑d, then we will be able to look back and see the whys and wherefores of our lives- the purpose and reason for all our difficult challenges and the whole picture. No longer will we question the challenges we faced, and why we had to go through them. In fact, we will be grateful for the things that made us who we were.

That is the trust, the faith — that there is a magnificent picture and an Artist Who is designing it all. Only a fool would look at the back of the tapestry and question the purpose of all that mess. I hope that I'm not a fool. No point in worrying about the future, or wanting or needing to know it all before it happens, so as to allay my fears about it. With this faith, this trust, I can live in the now, and trust that G‑d, my Higher Power, is guiding me and watching me — one step at a time.

Frumstepper is a Jewish Twelve Stepper who writes about how she is continually reminded that "G-d is driving the bus," and about her efforts to "let go and let G-d" in dealing with all that life throws her way. You can read more of her musings on her personal blog.
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Victor Beck Phoenix, AZ United States via chabadcenter.com November 25, 2009

Maserpiece of our lives I look at it as though Hashem is the quintessential movie producer & director. We get to see only a small fraction of one frame of the movie, so of course it is almost impossible for us to understand. Hashem is the only One who sees the entire picture, and is able to orchestrate all the elements to perform as He wants. Our job is to have faith in His desires for our well being and to perform our parts as He designs. Reply

Sarah Masha W Bloomfield, MI/USA November 19, 2009

Sewing It is true that looking at the back of a tapestry or other textile piece does not let you know what is on the front. However, when handed a piece of needlework, the first thing I and any other needleworker will do is turn it over and look at the back. The quality of the work is more evident when viewed from both sides. There should be no bungles, knots should be small and secure, stitches should be even, no strings of thread should be running across the piece, and weaving should be straight. And if you know needlework, the mistakes are evident from the front, the glance at the back just confirms the assesment of the skill of the worker.

Worse for your point is Blackwork Embroidery. When done well the back and the front are identical, except for the back being like a mirror image. There are no extra strings, and the knots are hidden. Reply

David Chester Petach Tikva, Israel November 19, 2009

The Future Sometimes when I am depressed, this solution is all that I have to comfort me. But when I am not depressed, and indeed when I wish to get out of a depression, then I know that I need to be active and plan a bit (at least) of my own future. This is in opposition to your philosophy.

So I conclude that what the words of consolation give are only one side of the coin-- only a half of what life is actually all about. Reply

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