The Unraveled Shoelace


As I pulled into my driveway one afternoon after work, I saw my twins playing in the front yard. It appeared something was attached to one of their shoes, so as I got out of the car I called him over to check it out. Surprisingly it was just his shoelace. His lime green shoelace was a matted up mess with pine straw and sand spurs intertwined. I asked him how in the world it got like this, so he proceeded to tell me. He said mom, “This morning when I tied my shoes, the end had come off and I couldn’t get it in the hole of my shoe, so I just tied them the way it was. Then at school it started to come apart more and when I got home Jewel (our dog) started chewing on it and it tore apart”. He had gone to school with a half laced shoe and it didn’t bother him one bit. What started as a shoelace with no plastic end, started raveling and became a tore up mess! His shoe wasn’t even tied tight because he couldn’t lace it up all the way. So I made him change and give me the messed up shoe. I took it in the house, cut off the frayed end and burnt the end with a match. “TADA” back to new! Now he could lace his shoe and no more frayed ends. How much like our lives is that shoe string. I love the scripture in Colossians 1: 15-17…

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created ,both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Much like that plastic tip on the shoestring, God holds us together, so we can be useful in the purpose he has called us to. That shoestring was not working to its potential in the shape it was in. We had to cut away the mess and pull the ends back together. How many times do we let little things in our lives get out of place and instead of addressing them right away, we overlook them until they become a “TORE UP MESS”. Until we let God pull all the loose ends of our lives together, we cannot truly be as effective in living for Christ as we should be. Take a few minutes today… Ask God to help you cut away those “frayed” areas in your life and “pull things back together”. We serve a God who loves us and is faithful to restore us. Allow God to show his greatness through you today.


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