Tying Myself Up In Knots: August 14, 2019 Email

Wow, this week seems to have gone by much faster than I needed it to!

The speed with which the Summer is ending (the school season, most definitely NOT the weather) is shocking! So many schools have already begun and my son will start school next week.

School starting means one thing: Panicked parents back-to-school shopping in three cramped aisles of Walmart. 

While this year we have taken advantage of the miracle of online shopping, there are still some things that you must get just the “right” color of and so, Walmart’s back to school aisle is where I found myself the other day with two little boys feeling the utter boredom that must be shopping at age 4 and 7. 

They were being amazingly quiet while I busied myself finding the things that must have been stocked by someone who won hide and seek as a kid, and any mom will tell you that quiet is not always a good thing with little boys. Sure enough, I heard my youngest say “Mom, Help” and  looked back at the cart to see that he had tied his wrist up with the cart toddler seat belt.

Don’t ask me how, he’s a 4 year old magician.

While I was extricating and comforting him, and praying our merciful God would keep him from doing it again in the next ten minutes, it occurred to me that this is a perfect picture of what I have been doing with my life lately.

Tying myself up in knots.

I have my lists that never get done and the guilt that comes from the uncompleted items at the end of the day.

I have the conversations that were, um, less than Christ-like on my end, that play over and over in my head.

I have the moments of Mom-craziness when I yelled instead of reasoned.

I have phone calls not made.

I have cleaning that really shouldn’t be put off…again.

I have that gift I should have given.

I have that sin I still think about even though my Jesus has covered me.

All the knots.

But God knows. God is in the business of untying knots so much more complicated than mine, so much more complicated than yours. He will not fail to untie your knots if you will let Him.

Let Him.

Paul was one of those people gifted at tying himself in knots or finding himself tied in other people’s knots, but in his letters we can see that he put his trust in God to pull him out of those things and he reminded his audience to trust in God as well. He wrote to the Corinthians in his second letter about his “affliction” in Asia. Here are his words:

“Indeed we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”2 Corinthians 1:9-10 ESV

The “God who raises the dead”!

Whatever your knots are, “He will deliver us”.

He will deliver you.

Love you all,


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