Spurgeon told the following story in order to illustrate the mysterious working of the Lord in the lives of His children:
“I think it was Mrs. Hannah More who says that she went into a place where they were manufacturing a carpet. She said, ‘There is no beauty there.’ The man said, ‘It is one of the most beautiful carpets you ever saw.’ She replied, ‘Why, here is a piece hanging out, and it is all in disorder.’ To which the man replied, ‘Do you know why, ma’am? You are looking at the wrong side of the carpet!’”
How often we solely see the wrong side. We only see the disorder, the piece hanging out, the mess, the hopelessness, the lack of beauty.
At those times, we need to remember this: the Lord is the Master Weaver. He sees the beauty which we don’t. He knows how to expertly weave each broken piece, loose thread, disappointment, and heartache into His very own divine masterpiece.
He is still writing your story. He is still weaving. He is still shaping and molding. It’s been said that we too often put a period where God would simply place a comma.
May we not miss His goodness simply because we can’t see what He is making. May we not miss His faithfulness because we don’t see Him working. Rather, when all we can see is “the wrong side,” may we still confidently proclaim with the psalmist, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalm 138:8)