Truth in the Unraveling

Faith Grace Strength Waiting

I remember unraveling the nearly complete beanie cap.  The whole knitted project I had worked on for almost a month lay lifeless in my hands.  A wad of yarn – a single, elongated maroon thread was battered and crinkled in places it once held on to another loop.

That’s how I started off my year, unraveling each time I made a mistake, even if I was nearly complete with the project.  I reiterated that if I learned how to fix it, I would finish.  I would see it through, but I lied. It was easier to start over.

Until it wasn’t.

Do you get tired of unraveling each time you make a mistake?

There must be some surefire way to get through and finish.

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.  Acts 20:24

 As I held the bundle of yarn in my small, dry hands I found grace.  Grace when I couldn’t finish, grace when I unraveled, grace when I put life aside to start over again.

I’ve knitted many beanie caps since then.  Some have found their way to a South African village, one to a friend we met on the New York subway, and others have found their way through my community on the streets of San Antonio, Texas.  I’m most fulfilled when helping others.

There is truth in the unraveling and there is truth in the completion. Grace carries us through each.

Are you unraveling, sweet friend?  Are you coming apart because you don’t see the end in sight? Are you tired of hearing that God has a plan, but it doesn’t look like you’ll see the end of this season?

Acts 20:24 tells us: Complete the task of telling others of God’s grace.

Here’s how:

  1. Remember the project. Before the unraveling you were making something new.  What were you making before the mistake?
  1. Tell a friend. God will use this mistake to help someone else in need; however, until he uses it remember the others he used for his glory and tell someone about it.
  1. Obtain new tools. You may find you were using the wrong tools or you may only need one extra tool to get through your project. When my loops came undone it was because I wasn’t using a stitch marker.

There is truth in your unraveling.  And there is grace enough for you.  It may take you quite a bit of time to get through this season, but that doesn’t mean God’s grace won’t shower you through it.

When this season comes to an end and you’ve created something spectacular from a lifeless ball of yarn, you can offer it to someone else for the greater good.


God, I fall apart often.  I don’t see the end in sight and when I’m almost there, I make a mistake.  I’m tired of unraveling.  I know that your grace is sufficient.  Telling others of that grace is my greatest task.  Thank you for loving me as you do with battered and indented frays.  Thank you for holding me together.  In your name I pray, amen.

*Today I’m linking up to Holley Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart blog.

I am also linking up to Intentional Tuesday with Crystal Storms.

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This post is linked to #livefreeThursday with Suzanne Eller.