Thread Pullers

My mother used to say “Don’t pull on a loose thread”, meaning; our sock that she knitted would unravel or our bed quilt would start coming apart.

In the work place I retired from recently, a common phrase from the CEO was “pull on the loose thread”, meaning; investigate fully if something seems not quite right with the product, a tool or the process. If you think for a second something could be wrong, follow that thought through even if you have to shut down the line. Quality is everything! Be a superhero, pull the loose threads till you find out what is wrong! (Do check out Peragon Truck Bed Covers…I’m probably still in a couple old videos somewhere)

Looking back at the life spans of various empires and civilizations we seem to be repeating history in the unraveling of our society. It’s one thing to pull on loose threads and expose flaws in each other and our systems but quite another to bring a scissor to the party and start snipping away.

We lie (snip), we report one side of the story (snip), we black out a story (snip), we create skewed polls (snip), we report and pass on made up scenarios as fact (snip), we watch our preferred news outlet (snip, snip) and in all this we label our relationship with God as nonessential (who brought the chainsaw to the party?). Enough, you got the picture long before I ended the thought.

How well do you know the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The threads of the gospel are throughout scripture with no loose ends. Now, don’t confuse all those smart people with lots of theology degrees with their ideas of the Gospel and the Gospel itself. People have loose threads, God does not. He wants his threads to be woven into the tapestry of our lives till we become like him. Yes, there will be some or a lot of painful unraveling in our lives for that to happen. Personal revival isn’t pain free. I fear that covid 19 (the disease and the dismantling of lives by shutdown) may look like child’s play for national revival to happen. The God of no loose ends is the ultimate thread puller.

Jesus is the only hope for our society getting better. Revival is not a Christian sound byte. Revival is only found in a person who has met and been radically changed by Jesus Christ. They have love, joy, peace and a host of other new qualities of character with no pretense. They love God and they love people period. They have a hunger to know Jesus more and more. They know what intimacy with their Savior and Lord feels like.

Revival. Yes our nation needs it, but do I need it? Those who have this peace, joy and love are more infectious than covid. Those who have it “practice the presence of Jesus“. Those who have it have experienced and keep experiencing what scripture says “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Could we ever get to one nation under God? And he is before all things, and by him all things are held together. Colossians 1:17


24 thoughts on “Thread Pullers

  1. Powerful analogy Gary! Love your statement “People have loose threads, God does not. He wants his threads to be woven into the tapestry of our lives till we become like him. . . The God of no loose ends is the ultimate thread puller.” So very thankful to the Lord for pulling the disastrous threads my self-sufficiency and pride wove into my life and has been reworking them into something beautiful that is all to & for His glory. There’s a song we used to sing called “He’s Still Working on Me.” One of the stanzas goes, “There really ought to be a sign upon my heart/ Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part/ But I’ll be better just according to His plan/ Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands/ He’s still working on me/ to make me what I need to be . . .” Have a great week!

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  2. You prompted me to think, as always, Gary. “People have loose threads, but God does not.”
    The lesson here for me is this: God may be a proficient thread puller (of the human heart) but I am not.
    I agree that the fabric of our society appears to be unraveling, and this is accelerating. Almost everyone has a thread puller in their pocket these days. 📲
    What to do? All I can think of is to pray for our country and it’s leaders (from the top down). As you said, personal revival is key. Blessings

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    1. Yes, it starts with us. Being willing to have the master thread puller make us suitable for his purposes should be our prayer but I am often guilty of the Moses syndrome…”Here I am Lord… send Aaron”

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    2. Only risky if we are going ahead of the Lords leading. That is a problem for me. I see a need and go after it. Need driven verses Holy Spirit driven. One has natural human success or failure, the other God sized but God determined success in his timing. I think of whole tribes coming to know Christ after the first missionaries were killed.
      So, yes your point of risky…well taken


  3. Amen. Even as the world unravels around us, the Lord is knitting together His everlasting kingdom using His chosen threads. Stay in the Word. Trust in Him. Spread the Word. Love the unlovable. God bless!

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  4. Thank you Gary.

    This is a book I am reading again about the revival in the Hebrides. Don’t know if you have come across it. The link is to the Kindle version (UK but it must be available on the US site too).

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      1. I think print copies are available too looking at Amazon in US – they are just more expensive. Chapter 3 is the place to start! I could read it over and over.

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  5. Thanks Ann. I have noticed down thru the years the oneness of fellowship and like mindedness of those who have walked with God through deep waters and for a time. Those who have seen many spiritual battles.

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