Loose Ends

Readers and movie goers like conclusive endings. The enemy gets shot. The central character lives happily ever after. The story strings all come together in the end. A neat bow is tied. The reader closes the book with a happy sigh. Their beloved character is avenged and safe.

In real life, loose ends abound. Prisoners falsely accused languish in prison. Justice systems set the guilty free. Dictators flourish. Innocence is quashed. We long for God to swoop in, gather history’s loose ends and tie them in a neat bow – in our time. Sometimes He does. But, more often than not, we have to live with loose ends.

            Eugene Peterson writes, “It takes maturity to live with the loose-endedness of life. But if we refuse to live with it, we exclude something that may very well be essential and dear: the hazards of faith, the mysteries of God.

Scripture teaches us to commit our way, our stories, our lives, to God. That means leaving the dangling strings tied to His fingers. Completion is a God word. Only He can provide it.

Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

(Psalm 37:5)

  What strings dangle in your life? Are you obsessed with a neat and predictable ending to life’s troubles? Today, tie your loose ends around God’s fingers, allow Him to tie, or not tie, them in lovely bow. Allow Him to decide when the time has come to gather up your loose ends.

Lord, how badly I need you to make me content with the unfinished business of my life. Today, I tie the loose ends of my life around your creative fingers. Do what pleases You. In the interim, I remain your humble servant. 


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to Loose Ends

  1. Joan says:

    Oh, I love this. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just what I needed to help me right now! Thanks! Dawn

  3. Darlene says:

    Good to hear on a Monday morning; I will tuck that away in my heart.

  4. Mary says:

    This is awesome, Rose. Really spoke to my heart…..again.

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