“Why do you think that happens, that unraveling in life? That struggle to find the parts of us that are scattered in the wind—and then tie them together in ways that we can gift to the world? Do you think it is for the best?” she asks me.

I find the answer in a song I have written—a song, like all deep melodies, that has come from a world beyond my understanding. Today it brings comfort where I might have otherwise been lost for words—comfort for her, comfort for me.

The unraveling, the apparent disarray, the unrest in our world, is all the very essence of life. G‑d could have weaved our lives to look picture-perfect, but instead He chooses to unravel the strings and leave them for us to tie up.

I believe it is because He wants a real relationship with us. Although He is whole, complete and perfect, He says, “I want something else: I want a connection with you. I want you to find Me and choose Me on your own.”

So, instead of handing us life on a silver platter and making His existence blindingly apparent, He hides. And He clips our wings so we can grow our own, enabling us to become partners with Him. Then life becomes a rich and meaningful relationship between man and Creator.

Yes, the unraveling is for the best. G‑d wants us to appreciate our lives in the deepest and sweetest of ways—something we can experience only by taking our own steps in this cosmic dance.

But this answer isn’t mine. It’s the answer I was taught the heavens give when a soul in turmoil asks, “Why?”


Unraveled (from the debut album Pieces)
Composition and Lyrics by Sara Hecht

Clipped my wings, so I could grow my own
You sent me away, to find a new path home
You turned out the lights, so I would look inside
And I thought, how do I dance when the music’s died

Oh, dance you will
But those steps won’t be mine
I can’t promise it easy
But I promise you’ll shine
And when you feel me deep inside
Then you’ll know I no longer hide

Unraveled the strings
I will tie them back up
You rain me down with your blessings
Don’t ever stop
Unthreaded your dream
Because you knew I could weave
Now together we’ll both make it different
Now together we’ll both make it ours

You pushed me gently through an unknown door
You said, walk where nobody’s walked before
You turned out the lights, so I would look inside
And I thought, how do I dance when the music’s died

Oh, dance you will, but those steps won’t be mine
I can’t promise it easy, but I promise you’ll shine
When you feel me deep inside
Then you’ll know I no longer hide

Unraveled the strings
I will tie them back up
You rain me down with your blessings
Don’t ever stop
Unthreaded your dream
Because you knew I could weave
Now together we’ll both make it different
Now together we’ll both make it ours


The song “Unraveled” by Sara Hecht is now available as a free download. Sara’s album can be purchased here.