Frayed On The Edges

by Sherry Riter in Family,Jesus Christ

Sometimes life comes at you too fast…

  • a loved one dies
  • an unexpected pregnancy
  • job loss
  • house burns down
  • involved in a car crash
  • health crisis and surgery
  • depression
  • diagnosed with a disease

When life experiences are overwhelming, it is necessary to gravitate to your base. Everything else is unnecessary, frivolous and only tends to add to the stress.

I have an armoire that encases my computer, office supplies, the camera, books, pictures of my family and attached to the back behind the monitor, a giant Mother’s Day card can be found. It is a mammoth piece of furniture held together by wooden and metal pegs and a few metal screws. Unless I get down on my hands and knees, stick my head under it and look up, it is impossible to see any screws. Even then, I can only see a couple that are placed in strategic locations.

The metal screws play a vital role in sustaining the solidity of my armoire. The wooden edges around the hole are a bit rough, but that doesn’t deter the screw from staying put and doing its job. The frayed edges are just the by product of a sure and sturdy beginning.

During trials, tribulations, and catastrophes, it is necessary to remember our foundation…our beginning…the screws that hold us together. We have learned and gathered information that will help us through anything life presents, and we also have people in our lives that keep us grounded to the truth. These same people have the ability to show us the light at the end of the tunnel. They help us to hold on to the hope that all things pass no matter how awful it currently feels.

However, as a Christian, the gospel of Christ is the ultimate foundation in my life and for you, it may be a different belief of a Higher Being. When my soul aches because life is fraying at the edges, I know that I can cry in prayer for His comfort. Sometimes all the information and loving people can not provide the needed relief. Granted, I do not actually see Christ standing in front of me nor do I hear His voice speaking my name, but I can feel peace within my soul.

There are times that I have not felt His comfort or knew the right choices, but I know it is necessary to persevere and remain steadfast in the foundation of knowledge and faith accumulated throughout my life. Just because I can’t find peace, doesn’t mean that He isn’t there guiding my life. I need to hold it together because just like a sunny day, the night will come and so will another sunny day. It is up to me not to let these experiences unscrew my faith or all my hope.

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence
in spite of all obstacles,
discouragement, and impossibilities:
It is this, that in all things
distinguishes the strong soul
from the weak.”
~Thomas Carlyle~

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1 Ann On and On... May 16, 2010 at 5:36 am

I said to myself…."just one more blog"…and I yours appeared. I couldn't have asked for a more calming thing to read before saying my prayers and drifting into a deep sleep. You've given me beautiful words to rest well. Thank you!


2 Joan May 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

This is absolutely what I needed this morning. Life is coming at me much too fast and I cannot keep up. I cannot keep up because I have not been asking for help, from Him or from those around me. Thank you…

Lucky you! Sounds like you were chosen to be His conduit. =)


3 Bossy Betty May 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Beautiful analogy!


4 May 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Beautiful post! Thank you so much for visiting me today 🙂 I'm your new follower!


5 Chantal May 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm



6 Mama Hen May 17, 2010 at 12:11 am

Hey there! I first found your blog through Blog Frog. I really love your style of writing and this post is wonderful!! I hope you get a chance in your busy blogging schedule to come and visit me at Mama's Little Chick!! I have become a regular on your blog and would love to share mine with you as well!

Mama Hen


7 Lanie May 17, 2010 at 1:23 am

So beautifully written! I so appreciate you dropping by to follow and leaving such a cute comment about my cat. I'm a new follower. You had me at "sometimes life comes at you too fast"! Looking forward to reading more. ~Lanie J.


8 Shay May 17, 2010 at 1:50 am

So encouraging! There's been a lot going on in our lives recently and this is good to hear. 🙂


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