Wednesday, 18 September 2019

M Michele's Musings

The Tangled Necklace

Not too long ago my mom found a necklace.  She wasn't sure whose necklace it was but it was terribly tangled.  She mentioned that necklaces take soooo long to untangle and she had heard that it helps to spray them with WD-40.  However, I decided to undertake the project with just my two hands, 10 fingers and no WD-40 for the challenge and to see how long it would take me to untangle the necklace. 

It was a beautiful Diamond pendant necklace, approximately 20 inches in length with a sparkling silver chain knotted up to no more than 3 inches long and completely useless in its present state.  Even as I struggled to untangle the mess I admired the beauty of the chain and I wondered, "Where did it come from?  Where had it been?  How long had it taken to get this way?  Had my grandchildren done this?"  I continued to struggle for about 13 minutes seemingly only tangling it worse when I thought, "Why don't I pray and ask God to help me untangle this necklace?"  Directly after I prayed I thought, “Why don't I unclasp it?”  Why didn't that thought strike me until after I prayed?  After I unclasped the necklace and as I began to try and figure out the tangles again it seemed as if I could see where it was criss-crossed and could tell which way I need to pull the chain through so that I could unknot the tangles.  It took a total of 17 minutes to untangle the chain so that it could be useful and worn again as it was created to do.

All this made me begin to think about it in parallel with our own lives.  Life starts out simple and beautiful.  Somehow as we grow older things get complicated and go wrong.  Everything in our lives seems to get tangled and knotted.  Problems come either because of the sins of others touching our lives or because of our own choices in life and those “tangles and knots” begin to make a way into our lives.  Sin, since the fall of man, touches all of us, whether we are the perpetrator or the victim of that sin.  We, of course, try and "fix" everything in our own strength and our own abilities often just making things worse and pretty soon we have a worse mess than what we started with.  Often our last recourse is prayer.  Why is that?   Did you notice that at about 13 minutes into my struggle I finally prayed.  Immediately after I prayed the idea came to me to unclasp the necklace, which helped me greatly in the struggle.  I am sure the thought was a “God Thought,” you know, one of those little answers that comes when we do finally pray.  Then He softly speaks to our hearts to show us the way.  It was only after I prayed, that I began to notice where to ‘uncriss’ and ‘uncross’ the chain and in four more minutes the chain was completely untangled and of use again to adorn and show forth beauty. 

Just as chains get tangled so our lives get tangled, it is a fact of life, but God wants to ‘untangle’ our lives for His purposes and His glory.  When our life is a tangled mess often it is only God that can help us untangle it.  Is the untangling easy and fun?  No, often the struggle often brings pain, hurt and frustration; but in the end wholeness comes so that you can be all that God has created you to be, beautiful and full of Jesus’ light for His kingdom.  Just as that chain was beautiful, our life is beautiful to God.  Just as that chain has a purpose in life, God has a purpose in our life.  

Is your life tangled in some area?  He wants to ‘untangle’ your life and that is why He gave you His greatest gift, His Son, Jesus Christ.  He is your very hope and the answer for your life.  He has come to give you life and that more abundant.  

Just as I gently worked on that necklace to untangle it so that I could discover its true beauty and usefulness, remember that God is gently and lovingly working in your life to cause ALL things to work together for good and to conform you to the image of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).  Remember that His hands are gentle hands.  Remember His heart is merciful and loving.  He always works in love and through love. He gently ‘uncrisses’ and ‘uncrosses’ those knots and kinks in your life;  He will pull you through the toughest of times and situations if you will but trust Him, praise Him, worship Him, send your prayers unto Him, and listen for His response.  He gives direction and He gives answers.  

You may think your life would be a challenge to Him but He will lovingly undertake even the greatest of challenges with those gentle hands to ‘untangle’ and to set straight those crooked paths of your life.  Nothing is impossible with God, NOTHING!  He can make the crooked paths straight.  He will cause your feet to be as hinds feet to walk upon the high places of your trials, troubles and testing (Habakkuk 3:19).  He is more than able to keep you through any situation and more than able to ‘untangle’ your life.  

Just as David encouraged himself in the Lord, encourage yourself in the Lord; He is your Lord.  He is your King.  He is your Savior.  He forever lives to make intercession for you.  He is the God of all comfort.  He is near to the brokenhearted.  His mercy endures forever.  He loves you with an everlasting love.  He is the glory and the lifter of your head.  He is your hope.  He is your Shield, your Buckler and your Hightower.  He is forever faithful.  He is the Keeper of the Covenant He has made with you.  

Remember you are special to God and your life matters to Him.  May God Bless you and Keep you and cause His Face to Shine upon you.

Love in Christ, Michele
Copyright 2008 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire
Published in the CSN Magazine, Lake Charles, LA ~ February 2010

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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