You want to pull it, but you know you shouldn’t. That dangling thread on the seam of your clothes is bugging you. Does that describe your life?
I looked down and saw it. Arghh. Now would everyone see it? Would it snag on things through the day? A broken strand of thread dangled out of the seam. And I was running late.
Do I pull it? Is it worth the risk unraveling the whole hem?
Tape it? Most likely it wouldn’t hold very long.
Snip it? A temporary fix, but that wouldn’t solve the issue of the broken thread unraveling again. I knew the integrity of the stitch had been compromised. But it might give me time to deal with it later…when I get the chance.
Things in our lives can feel as if they are starting to unravel. What we have carefully hemmed together is starting to tear. What do we do about it? Do we yank at the problem to get rid of it quickly and take the chance of it all falling apart? If we tug, it might reveal more and more that has become untied.
Do we tape it and hide the issue from others, hoping it will stay beneath the surface. Then go one about our business as if it is fixed?
Or do we snip at it each time it appears, never really investing the time to dealing with it properly?
Do we rush to discard that piece of clothing, put on something else, and toss it in the to-be-meded pile?
Or do we actually stop, take time to tie it, stitch it back, and secure it so it doesn’t happen anymore?
I once heard that a day knotted with prayer at both ends won’t unravel. Paul says it this way:
The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. I Colossians 1:5 (MSG)
When something snags in our lives, we need to deal with that dangling thread lest it unravel us. Hope, bolstered by prayer, is the best way to re-anchor our faith. We need to allow our Lord to be the needle which can guide the wayward thread and knot it so it doesn’t affect the rest of the hem that is our life.
That may mean stopping what we are doing in order to handle it. It may involve a few pricks of our conscience as His needle deals with the transgression, anger or guilt. Perhaps it will cause us to halt in our tracks and not go further until we are sure it is dealt with properly.
But unless it is resolved correctly, that dangling thread tickling our conscience will bother us over and over until we are forced to deal with it. And by that time, the things hemming our lives might be starting to unravel enough that it shows.