The little website that could
Some of you may know of the following poem or some variation of it. There seem to be many variations of this kicking around the internet.
Man’s life is laid in the loom of time
To a pattern he does not see,
While the weavers work and the shuttles fly
Till the dawn of eternity.
Some shuttles are filled with silver threads
And some with threads of gold,
While often but the darker hues
Are all that they may hold.
But the weaver watches with skillful eye
Each shuttle fly to and fro,
And sees the pattern so deftly wrought
As the loom moves sure and slow.
God surely planned the pattern:
Each thread, the dark and fair,
Is chosen by His master skill
And placed in the web with care.
He only knows its beauty,
And guides the shuttles which hold
The threads so unattractive,
As well as the threads of gold.
Not till each loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God reveal the pattern
And explain the reason why
The dark threads were as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
For the pattern which He planned.
This is a well written poem. It sounds nice but I will explain below why I believe this poem to be unscriptural.
The loom of time, though great poetry, is not scriptural, and is certainly not new covenant theology. Our understanding should be based on scripture and not in fine sounding Christian poetry. I suspect this theology comes from or has been influenced by the various Calvinistic theologies. Our loving heavenly Father is not destroying our lives just so He can have a couple of dark threads in His tapestry.