The Knot

Proverb 19_21_The Knot

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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