Your job, as a memoirist, is to do the hard work of discerning and writing about “the designing hand of God and his intervention in our lives” (Ravi Zacharias

Think about God’s footprints alongside ours, His fingerprints all over our lives: Divine intervention.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? We like having God intimately involved in our lives.

But ” . . . divine intervention is nowhere near as simple a thing as we might imagine,” writes Ravi Zacharias (Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives

Think about this: 

Sometimes our footprints, and those alongside ours, are muddy, or worse.

Sometimes tattered, holey shoes left those footprints.

Sometimes God’s fingerprints all over our lives are sticky, smudged, scarred, bloody. Sometimes the fingerprints we leave behind are, too.

Divine interventioncannot be only a journey of unmistakable blessing and a path of easeZacharias continuesTo allow God to be God we must follow him for who he is and what he intends

Each of us has countless blessings and yet, each of us has experienced heartaches, disappointments, failures.

Sometimes life knocks the air out of us.

Too many experience betrayal. Unfaithfulness. Rejection. Abuse.

Some know hunger and sickness and handicaps and homelessness.

We know loss, grief, exhaustion, confusion.


At such times we can be tempted to despair, thinking God doesn’t love us enough, or that His plans for us are not good enough. We think we deserve better from Him.

Other times our lives seem hum-drum. We’re boring people living boring lives. We wonder if we matter, if we are worth anything of value.

“. . . Incident follows incident helter-skelter leading apparently nowhere,” Frederick Buechner writes, “but then once in a while there is the suggestion of purpose, meaning, direction, the suggestion of plotThe Alphabet of Grace

That’s what Zacharias calls us to seethe designing hand of God and his intervention in our lives” so that “we know he has a specific purpose for each of us and that he will carry us through until we meet him face-to-face

Yes, sometimes life is overwhelmed with sadness, other times life is blah, but if we let Him, and work with Him, God uses all of it to shape and polish us, to mature us and beautify us, even though we might not understand it at the time, or even see it.

Zacharias challenges us to imagine our lives as exquisite fabricvivid, brilliant colors with threads of gold and silver intertwined. He wants us to see God as theGrand Weaverwith a design in mind for you, a design that will adorn you as he uses your life to fashion you for his purpose, using all the threads within his reach

You are important to God. You are His workmanshipHis treasureYour life is sacred

God is custom-making the fabric of your life. Look back over the years and search for each thread and color: the dark ones and the pastel ones, the heavy ones and the light ones, the coarse ones and the golden ones. Those are holy threadsConsecrated strands.Hallowed fibersBlessed filaments

Search. Make it your quest to discover the excellent, one-of-a-kind pattern the Grand Weaver is creating out of you

Go back: Look for spools of thread, God-designed, for you alone. Watch and listen for the sound of the shuttle going back and forth in God’s hand. He’s making something beautiful: YOU

The more you grasp

how important you are to God,

and that He’s crafting you

into His masterpiece,

the better you can write

your God-and-you stories,

the better you can share them with

your children,

grandchildren, great-grandchildren,

and generations yet unborn. 

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