Devotions By Jan

Promenade Tapestry


Scripture for Today: II Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

This beautiful tapestry called, “Promenade,” hangs on the wall of the Cluny Museum in Paris.   Pictured here is just a small part of a larger scene and the detail is incredible.  It was made in the fifteenth century and is from a series of six.  It is hard to imagine all the long hours it took to painstakingly place each stitch by hand on the loom.  I am drawn most to those tapestries with dark backgrounds.  The dark blue seems to emphasize the people in the scene, making them more visible.

Our verse for today tells us to “see” what can not be seen.  What is normally seen by our physical eyes is only temporary.  Paul encourages those going through difficult times to look to the unseen, to look towards what is eternal.  The images and beauty of a tapestry are not seen from underneath.  Seen from the under side, nothing makes much sense.  We do not see how the dark colors are adding to the scene.  We do not see what God is doing or how everything will be working out.  But He promises to be working in us the very beautiful image of His Son.

Sometimes the Lord is using beautiful silk thread.  On rare occasions He may even use gold or silver thread.  But sometimes the threads are dark and coarse.  I may never understand why God allows excruciating pain or what looks like senseless tragedy.  But then my view is incomplete.  He is seeing the images emerge on my “tapestry” and it will be beautiful one day!

Thank you Lord, that I can trust Your unseen eternal work in me.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.

2 thoughts on “Promenade Tapestry

  1. Thank you, Jan for the reminder.


  2. Dear Jan, please pack and bring your French table linens to Calif! They will bless you and greet you each time you wake up!!!
    love, Connie


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