Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Signs

Yes, I am a dorky believer in signs. I am one of those optimistic people who truly believe that everything happens for a reason. We may never know the reason of certain things while we live on earth, but God's plan will unfold once we are with Him. Someone once explained it to me like this, and I thought it was a beautiful and easy-to-grasp concept. God's plan for our lives is like a gorgeous embroidered quilt. However, we can only see the back of the quilt. The colors are stunning, we can see some glimpses of what the overall design is, but mostly we see a lot of knots, crisscrossed threads, and general chaos. However, once we are with God, the quilt is flipped over and we finally see God's ultimate, perfect design. It was always there and it's the same quilt, we are just looking from a different side.

My uncle Steve was recently in Vienna, Austria. While there, he toured a local church. In an alcove were two female statues. The tour guide explained who the two saints were - St. Clare and St. Therese. Steve was struck that Clare's two patron saints (her full name is Clare Therese) were together in this one alcove. He snapped some photos to share with us. It's little signs like these that remind me that God is watching out for our Clare. And that our family watches out for us, too. Thank you, Uncle Steve, for thinking of us and taking the photos!

13 comments:

Lisa said...

that is cool and I also love all the new pics that photographer is great!!! Missing you XOXO

Kerry said...

I completely agree. I've been told believing things are God's will is a cop-out to thinking bad things can't happen, but I disagree. There IS a bigger picture, and sometimes we just need to wait to see it. Learning to accept that things happen for a reason will always help those who feel like they are drowning in whatever obstacle they have in their life. (Wow! I have never been this religious in a post before!)

I knew we were linked in many ways, Teresa - we go to St Theresa's church! FUll circle!

Gretchen & Steve said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. Faith is such a powerful thing - I can't fathom our lives without it. Thanks for sharing such wonderful insight.

Every minute counts.... said...

I too am a sign person. Since Abi, I have started paying more attention than before but I'm sure they were still there.
Noel

Aunt Joan said...

Teresa - WOW, you certainly put into words what we couldn't! We knew it was a "sign" of some sort, but you understood. I am certain that Clare is being tended to by powers greater than we can know. Love and prayers for all of you! Aunt Joan & Uncle Steve

Ava Jewel Leilani said...

Thank you for sharing, you said it all so well and I so agree with you.

Heather said...

I'm the same way, and I really love the quilt story. That is a great way to explain it. Amazing that both saints were in the same place. So cool, and also confirming :)

Julie said...

Well, from one dorky believer to another I think that is awesome.

Michelle said...

That's so cool! I too believe in signs!

Tes said...

What would we have if we couldn't see the signs? Be assured we dorks are everywhere. By the way my given name is Teresa and I was married in St. Theresa's church.

Nancy said...

What a gorgeous analogy that is. I will remember that.

I am a big believer in signs, too. I get goosebumps from time to time when I see them in my life. Sometimes they are less than subtle!

Tara said...

Wow, that's neat. I believe, like you, that everything that happens is all a part of God's perfect plan. By the way - love all the new pictures on the blog!

Penny said...

Wow, that gave me goosebumps. I also believe in signs.

I love the quilt story