When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee, look up from the floor, and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. As from the underside, I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.
She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "Son, you go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side."
I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass, and then I would hear mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee." This I did, only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower, or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy.
Then mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."
There is a pre-drawn plan for each one of us. Though it might look messy from the other side, we just have to follow the path.
“Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life.”
~ Joni Eareckson Tada