A precious friend is tragically killed in a car wreck. Aging parents experiencing life changes. Children attempting to do life on their own terms. Moving classrooms for the third year in a row. Knee surgery that left me flat on my back most of the summer. Family members battling cancer, trying to understand divorce, and suffering for the choices of others. Friends fighting for their marriages, looking for jobs, and searching for God’s plan in it all. The list goes on and on. All of this – and more have left me once again a little unglued.
So unglued in fact that the words just haven’t come. As hard as I’ve tried to post to the blog – I’ve experienced writer’s block. Perhaps because I usually write from my heart, and my heart has been, well … unglued.
Tonight at church, we began a ladies Bible study authored by Lysa Terkeurst by that same name. “Unglued.” I wonder how many ladies sitting in that room felt the same way. Chances are – I wasn’t the only one.
When I was teaching First Grade, our reading program supplied us with alphabet/phonics cards to use as a teaching tool. The cards had a small hole in the top so that they could hang on a hook upon the wall. I purchased those nifty “peel and stick” plastic hooks. After climbing the ladder, measuring, and laboring over the installation of these cards – I was pleased at the perfectly proportioned, finished product. Job well done.
The next morning, I discovered that overnight several of the hooks came unglued, and the cards fell off of the wall. I rehung them using hot glue and repeated the process for many days – only to walk in almost daily and find more on the floor. Some were hidden as they slid under book shelves – others were tattered and frayed as the impact of the fall damaged their corners. The old saying goes, “The third time is the charm.” The third time those hooks finally stuck. The recipe for success? Super Glue. (A little dab will do ya!) 😉
This illustration reminds me how often our lives look perfectly placed. Everything is in order, and we are pleased at how well things look and a job well done. Then, unexpectedly, some of the placeholders come unglued. When our house of cards come tumbling down, we discover some dark, hidden things and a few tattered and frayed ones. Wouldn’t it be easier if we could dab a little super glue onto broken hearts, shattered dreams, torn reputations, crumbled homes, withered finances, and dilapidated hopes?
Colossians 1:16,17 gives us the recipe for life’s super glue. “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (emphasis mine)
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. However, when things in our lives are spinning out of control, The King of Kings, Jesus Christ, holds it all together with His nail-scarred hands.
This thought reminded me of a well-viewed video by Louis Giglio on laminin. I shared this with our study group tonight. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I stand amazed. I hope you’ll take the time to watch it. It will be the best 8 minutes you’ve spent in a long time.
Click on the link to be blessed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsvPa0dsZzE
Spurring you on,