“I can’t take it anymore!” cried my friend on the other line.
I listened for quite some time about the mess she was in. Her life had become a knotted mess and it was hard to think of anything I could say to encourage her. Her life had become so unmanageable, she was ready to just leave it and cut off all contact with those who helped to make the matted mess.
I know my friend has a relationship with the Lord. She knows her Bible. But in that moment, my friend was divided in her thoughts. She was all tangled up in her trial.
Someone who is divided is one who has a split – end personality. I am not saying my friend has a mental disorder of any kind. I am saying that her heated circumstances has caused a little damage to her faith. Just like excessive heat can damage the ends of your hair.
What causes someone to have a split end personality?
When there is excessive heat like a fiery furnace of some sort. The heated trials we face can literally cause a questioning of our faith. Is God really there? How can God allow this to happen to me?
We need to guard our hearts from split-end personalities or double mindedness as James describes:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:5-8, NIV).
When we do not devote our time to reading His Word, and applying His style, then we end up getting all tangled up in our trials. They become our focus. It becomes all that we see when we look into the natural mirror. We see the matted mess as if it was going to stay that way. Loved one of God, I am here to tell you that it is only temporary. Your matted mess is not a permanent plan of His. He is using those tangles of trials and temptations to draw you to the source that detangles you, His Word.
God’s Word detangles you from the tangles of life. He starts at your bottom and begins brushing down any tangles as He works His way up in your life.
Then we can use His style applied to our lives. What does His style look like?
He is a curled up scroll ready to unroll before the hearts of every man and woman. His style is an unconditional love for you. His style is wrapped in the foils of forgiveness. He blows His Spirit upon your head to give you waves of wisdom. His style is straight and narrow. He cuts off the dead stuff. The beauty of His style is found in the braids of His body, how they are intertwined and woven together. His style is colorful and His Word gives highlights to your path. He conditions the heart deeply.
When we allow His Word to detangle us from the tangles of our trials, then He can begin to style His ways into our lives. He has such a perfect plan for your pain.
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 1:27, NIV).
What about you? When you are faced with a heated circumstance, do you run to God? Or do you split in half?
Could you be trying to walk the straight and narrow with one foot in faith and the other in the frizzy’s of fear?
Think about that a minute and comb out a comment or two. 🙂