I have a large mess of yarn. It’s terribly tangled and I’ve been struggling for days to restore the yarn to its previous perfectly rolled state. The more I pulled on the end, however, and weaved it around other parts of the yarn, the more tangled it became.
As I was working on this last night, I had a thought. What about the mess of yarn we sometimes call life?
Things can get so chaotic and tangled up that we often are just left helpless and exasperated. Sometimes we don’t even know how we got into this mess in the first place. It starts with an initial unraveling of the end of the yarn and then somehow it just worsens so bad we don’t know which way is up anymore.
The worst part is that the more we struggle against the tangle we are in, the easier it is for us to get even more tangled up. We think we can figure it out but we usually just find ourselves in an even bigger mess, needing even more repair.
But we can find peace.
When we give up our messes to God, He can untangle all of it for us. Some parts He may need to snip and sometimes the repair takes longer than we’d like because of the magnitude of what we’ve done, but it is possible for Him to undo the damage, bit by bit. We can be thankful that we have a loving Creator who cares for us so much that He not only takes the time to untangle our messes, but He also wants to use the end result for something great- something for His glory. Untangled yarn is not without use. And neither are we. Despite all the loops and twists and knots we’ve found ourselves in once before, God renews us and can use us, something that would not be able to happen if we decided to try to keep untangling our messes ourselves.
Whatever mess you’re in today, give it up to God. He’ll untangle it.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’” (Matthew 11:28-29)