“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” ~ I Corinthians 12:27

For Christmas, my sister bought my little boy some gripper blocks.  These little plastic blocks are covered with tines that mesh together.  My little boy really loves the shape and feel of them, and has been playing with them all week.

He discovered this morning that they have a use that I’m sure the manufacturer didn’t intend: when you run them across a woven blanket, they pull and snag the individual threads of the fabric.  He gleefully spent a few minutes doing this until I caught him, and encouraged him to find something else to do.

As I was tugging the blanket back to its original shape, I thought about all the individual threads that go into a blanket like this.  It’s a blanket that I have on my bed, and I’m thankful for the warmth it provides.  But I never really gave any thought to how much weaving makes up every square inch of the blanket.

It brought to mind the lyrics from a song from the movie, “The Prince of Egypt”:
A single thread in a tapestry
Though its colors brightly shine
Can never see its purpose
In the pattern of the grand design
So how can you see what your life is worth,
Or where your value lies?
You can never see through the eyes of man

You must look at your life through heaven’s eyes

If you are ever questioning whether you belong in the body of Christ, remember this analogy.  You can’t see the big picture – only God can.  And He is using your everyday, ordinary life to do something beautiful.  You just might not be able to see it yet on this side of eternity.  But I firmly believe that when we meet our Creator face to face, we will be able to see all that He has been doing with each of other lives throughout all of history.