It happened again for the first time in many years. I wanted to go for an early morning workout and was trying to dress in the dark so I didn’t disturb anyone else in our still-dark hotel room. As I fumbled with my running shoes I managed to tangle the laces into a nasty little knot. All the tugging in the dark did nothing but make the knot worse.
Finally, I carried the shoe into the bathroom where I could attack the knot in the light. Eventually, the laces came undone and I went about my day.
But, oh how frequently I have done something similar with my life and the plans I’ve made. I rush ahead with an idea then I tug, pull, and strain in an effort to make it come about. Or if I’ve gotten myself in a mess (often after running ahead with an idea not ordained by God), I scramble in a panic trying to “fix” things on my own – only to make things worse. What a silly, proud lil’ man I am.
Perhaps my experience with getting life all tangled up in knots made pastor Edman’s words below so meaningful:
With thoughtlessness and impatient hands,
We tangle up the plans the Lord hath wrought.
And when we cry in pain, He says,
“Be quiet, my child, while I untie the knot. (v. Raymond Edman)
Have you impatiently run ahead of God and made a mess of things? If so, take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and then patiently wait for God to loosen the strings. –Dave
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverb 19:21)
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