The sewing machine kept breaking. The thread got caught under the fabric and the needle stopped moving.
I followed all of the directions according to the manual. The thread was threaded properly, the needle was new, the bobbin was placed in the bobbin holder with the thread facing the right direction.
The sewing machine would sew a nice neat seam for five minutes, and then the needle would get caught under the fabric, and I would have to stop sewing and untangle the tread. Rethread the machine, reposition the bobbin and start sewing again.
And no matter how much I tried to follow the instructions, even if I did everything the way I am supposed to, the machine still broke.
Sew, sew, sew, break, stop, fix the problem, sew, sew, sew, break, stop, fix the problem, sew, sew, sew, …
Life is like my sewing machine.
We can follow all the instructions, follow the rules in the manual, do what we are supposed to do, and our life will still break.
What we planned to happen won’t.
Where we wanted neat lines and no loose threads will look like a tangled mess.
Prayer is for the weak.
In the midst of your tangled strings, you forget how to get untangled. You try to get out yourself. You won’t ask for help. You won’t call a friend to help.
You don’t pray.
Days go by, weeks, months. And you are still in the middle of the string. Stuck.
In the bottom of your despair, in the middle of a mess of tears and white string you remember the song. The song you sang as a child.
Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
— Anna B. Warner, 1860
Prayer is for the weak.
I am weak.
Dear God, please help me. Help me make sense of my world. Help me untangle the string.
When your life feels like a tangled mess, don’t quit
Life is not like a sewing machine that never breaks: sewing machines break , eggs crack, tires go flat and bread goes moldy. It is not possible to live a perfect life where you will never have problems.
4. And. Then.
5. Keep going.
6. Don’t quit.
( Hey Hodges, that is not really six steps, “And. Then.” shouldn’t count as a step, and you repeated “Don’t quit.” twice.)
“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four
There is always hope
When I am in the middle of the tangled mess, I hope the machine will not break again. I hope I can sew straight seams. And, I will be able to, sew straight seams, for about five minutes, and then the thread will get tangled again.
Just like life. There are 7308 quotes about hope on Goodreads, and 539 quotes about despair. Clearly, Hope is talked about more. That is very hopeful.
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