Monday, August 11, 2008

A Kink In The Chain

Have you ever tried to untangle a necklace? It is a daunting task to say the least. It can drive a girl CRAZY, I mean!!! I have been known to just throw the chain away instead of struggling to straighten it out.

Life can be the same way. You get motivated to step out in faith and then things get all tangled up. Frustration sets in. You start questioning your decisions. Then you get tempted to just throw it all away and forget about it.

When things get messed up, then is the time to dig in and trust in what you know God instructed you to do. Keep working on the tangles. Look for ways to reverse the damage. Trace your tracks and make sure you are going in the right direction. Just like Abraham, know that God is guiding you every step of the way. He will never call you and then leave you alone in the desert. He won't leave you twisted and going down the wrong path.

When a chain is tangled, it is weak. God will untwist the mess. He is strongest when we are weak. Don't let the kinks throw you!

1 Corinthians 1:25- "For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." (NIV)

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12- "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But, pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But, how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

A necklace cannot untangle itself, can it? Neither can we. Trust God. Confide in friends. Seek wisdom from the wise. Things WILL straighten out! God's will prevails every time we allow Him to work out the kinks in our mess.

Love and Blessings,


Truth4thejourney said...

Thanks for this reminder! With man it can seem impossible, but with God ALL things are possible (and untangleable).

Have a great day!

Chatty Kelly said...

I loved the imagery of this post, Starr! It was great. Yes, we can get into tangled messes, but God is the great un-tangler!

have a great day!

koinonia community said...

When we get all tangled up is when Satan throws in all those temptations too. They can look so much like they are sent from God, but we only fall for them when we are busy being distracted by all those tangles!

Thanks for the reminder Starr.

Van said...

I wear necklaces a lot! Now I have an object lesson each time I try to untangle the kinks-a great devotional to help me focus and give my life to God who will fix my tangled mess.

Sherlyn said...

Starr, you have no idea how much I needed to hear (read) this right now. I feel life getting all "tangled" up. My heart knows God is there but my mind wants to take control instead of relying on Him. Thank you for your words of encouragement!

Anonymous said...

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How are you? Thanks for always coming over. Joy over at Ponderings has got a count down till the next She Speaks on her blog. I saw it this AM and laughed. I need one in my house. I'm ready! Next year i'm heading to the speakers track.

Love to you from me!


Dana said...

Starr, my very best BFF! Oh what a wonderful blog! Yes, Yes...I must say that I have thrown many a tangled "thing" away! Especially the ones that aren't my own!! How awful, huh? I throw away some one elses blessing...Shame On Me!!
Just wanted to say how much I adore you...missed you last night @ church! I did see our Personal Pal though...she looked good! Let's get together soon!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I needed that right now. I bought one of those cute dangling bead decor things for my daughter's window and it fell...all 20 of the individual long beaded chains tangled...and I want to throw it away. I am going to persevere and remember your post the whole time.:)