Since first hearing this quote while visiting Denmark in a teacher exchange, I have been intrigued by the concept.
I think the secret behind Soren Kiekkegaard( Danish philosopher, theologian, philosopher, poet and religious author’s title quote) is found on these famous tapestries, as well as, all other tapestries.
Most of us never take time to think about what the back of gigantic tapestries must look like- we have no awareness or interest deciphering differences from the back and the front. Yet it is in this very difference that God teaches us a wonderful lesson about His Creations… including us!
“I’ve heard God’s work in our lives compared to the weavers of a tapestry. On one side… you have a beautiful work of art. But if you lift the corner and look behind the tapestry as it was being woven, you would conclude that nothing beautiful was taking shape. Yet when you flip it and look at the front/ you see every strand finds its perfect place according to the artist.
” One day God will flip over history and we will see that every individual strand of our lives was part of a picture God wove together for His Glory!” ( Source: Devotional Daily: Greenar)
Benedikte Christensen, my Danish friend and exchange teacher ( lived in Copenhagen) took me over to see the Queen’s Palace during my instructional interim and it was fabulous!
So until tomorrow… we are a continuous work in progress-only God knows exactly how the finished product will look but rest assured… it will be beautiful as we ,too, see life more clearly!
I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents
were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my
grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old
Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended
Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters
Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am
presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also
taught at the College of Charleston.
For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy
matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of
stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message
through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret
of success in teaching social studies is always in the story.
I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest
teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re
ripe you rot.”
This is neat…reminds me of when I used to cross stitch…I was told the back side needed to look as neat as the front ..but that never happened …kinda likeour lives..
Fantastic post, especially the end. Kindness is always a winner.