“Why is there evil in the world? Listen carefully….
There is a mother who is embroidering. Her son sitting on a low stool sees her work, but upside down. He sees the knots of the embroidery; the tangled threads, and says: ” Mother, what are you doing? Your work is not at all clear?” Then the mother lowers the embroidery frame and shows the right side of her work. Each color in its place and the variety of threads form a harmonious design. So, we are seeing the reverse side of the embroidery. We are sitting on a low stool.”
What a beautiful analogy to our relationship with God, and our limited ability to understand fully the struggles and sorrows, and even the joys of this life. And what a powerful antidote to the angst that can be stimulated by painful, confusing, or inequitable circumstances that happen all around us all the time. Much like the evident loving and trusting relationship between mother and son in this “St. Pio Parable”, we, the created, who do not have the mind of God must embrace and trust in the infinite, merciful love of Creator that all things work together for good for those who love Him.
We will never fully understand the hows and whys of situations in our life, but we can be assured that God our Father loves us more than we can fathom, and orders all things for the greatest good of all his beloved sons and daughters. How ever more freeing it is to prayerfully work towards this trust, and that even amidst painful circumstances, we can be at peace with the knowledge that our loving Father is about the work of redemption of His children….though we may not comprehend, understand, or even actively embrace our present situation. No matter how educated or intellectual we become, we are still His little children and in need of our loving Father to care for us and love us.
Here’s another related jewel from St. Padre Pio:
“In all the events of life, you must recognize the Divine will. Adore and bless it, especially in the things which are the hardest for you”.
When we embrace God’s will and not our own in all things, and trust in His Divine Mercy and Love, we come to the ability to peacefully accept whatever happens to us day-to-day, moment-to-moment, because we know that while we see only bits and pieces of His handiwork, He holds the beautiful masterpiece in His hands.