My Sentimental Journey

An ordinary girl's walk with an extraordinary God

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Beautiful Mess


One day not long ago the Lord showed me a word picture of the childhood game Cat’s Cradle. Being the strong visual learner that I am, He at times likes to grab my attention with an image.

As you may know Cat’s Cradle can be played alone or with two players. It consists of a looped string and a pair or two of hands. When playing solo your hands secure a circle of string and then alternating each hand back and forth grabbing a section of string with your finger to create an intricate woven pattern.
Now my curiosity peeked, I wondered what truth God was trying to reveal to me in this unusual picture. Times like this always prompt me to go on a spiritual treasure hunt. Finding the joy in seeking His answer through prayer and the map of His word. Even letting my husband in on these spiritual excavations from time to time to draw from him its’ possible meaning.

It did not take long for my husband to strike gold when he said, “the hands going back and forth touching the palms in sign language means Jesus. Brilliant deduction Watson, why didn’t I think of that? Oh the beauty of relationships working together to hear God .
Along this serendipitous hunt I also learned that the French game of Cat’s Cradle has a connection between two words: cratches and cradle… which may be linked to the story of Jesus’ birth.

Unfolding into a beautiful truth… like Proverbs 16:16, “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver”.
How precious to know we are loved by a redeeming God, from the cradle to the cross His plan for deliverance is free for the taking. As He yearns to rescue us from all the twisted entanglements caused by our doing or by someone else.
God does not shy away from our hot messes, each wrong action touched by His nail scarred hands over and over again. Delighted to roll up His shelves unintimated by the disarray of our lives. Longing to restore us to wholeness and freedom. Turning our messes into messages of hope to others.

I don’t know about you but I need to hear that message over and over. Life is messy! It does not take long for strings of doubt, fear, grief or exhaustion to obstruct our view of God’s love and grace. Focusing on the complexities rather than Christ.
This gentle reminder came into view recently as I waited at a stop light. Singing to a worships song while lightly tapping my steering wheel to the music, I had the distinct feeling I was being watched by someone on the passenger side. Turning my head into the direction of what I was sensing, there was a lady mouthing words to me I was unable to decipher. Perhaps she was asking me for money, making a quick assessment by appearances, that led me to think she was living out of her car. However, no doubt people could think that of me with a van load of stuff due to the nature of our resale business. As I strained with puzzlement she gestured in sign language the name Jesus; and immediately followed by  saying “Jesus Loves You”. This time I understood and smiled saying thank you  as I nodded my head in acknowledgement before the light changed and she turned the corner.

She understood God’s love even in what I perceived as her hardship. This act deposited into my spiritually depleted bank account God’s priceless truths. Perhaps like me, you need to be reminded of how much Jesus loves you. It doesn’t matter how great is our brokenness, wrong choices, or even our anger towards Him. God’s promises are eternal and never fail.

Isaiah 30:18 Amp Bible

“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!”
What comfort to know the goodness and unfailing love of God in our, “Beautiful Messes”

“Being human is to be beautifully flawed” quote from “October Baby” movie.