I keep thinking this morning about how things happen sometimes, that you never anticipated. Sweet things, great things, wonderful things and sometimes sad things and terrible things.
Sweet things - for example, when Ken had the idea for this loom it was because I was down in my back and couldn't walk well for a period of several weeks. But his focus was totally on making the warping easier. What we didn't expect was the response we got to the change in the heddle. So many customers have told us things like, "I'd given up on my rigid heddle because I couldn't see to thread the eyelets anymore. Now I don't have to worry about it. With your loom it doesn't matter that my eyesight isn't what it used to be." Sweet! Others have shared how arthritis, Parkinson's, and other debilities have kept them from weaving in the past, but this loom let's them enjoy it now. See what I mean? It wasn't planned or anticipated at all - but what a great result! Unanticipated, but Sweet!
I've also been thinking about unanticipated things of the other kind - the yucky, sad and terrible. I'm going to the hospital today to visit a young woman battling cancer. She's fought an incredible fight. No one anticipated her being here to see her only daughter graduate. But she was here for that celebration a few weeks ago. And now she's back in the fight, but her goals have changed - from survival, to peace; from longevity to depth of purpose. I think back to when she and her husband were dating and planning to marry. They certainly did not anticipate any of this, but it has been the making of them.
Life sometimes seem random and messy - sometimes you stumble across the sweet and sometimes you're confronted with the sour. But weaving always reminds me - if you look at things from the backside, it always looks random and messy. It's not until you turn it over and see the big picture that it all comes together in a beautiful mosaic. We stand on the backside of our lives, but God sees the beauty being created. Have a wonderful day, friends. Happy Weaving!