I thought how fun it would be to title this Christmas in July until I realized, July is behind us.
My kids go back to school tomorrow. I have a daughter in high school. Do I really even have to ask you for prayer on that one? I didn't think so. Thanks for praying for me. And for her.
I've been going to the gym with my maniac husband six days a week. I'm working into my fifth week--I think (Remember I thought it was July until a few minutes ago). The other morning, I grabbed my earbuds and the cord was tangled into this ridiculous knot.
My first thought was, "Got a little knot here, Russ. You work on that." Did you guess the movie?
Christmas Vacation. I love those crazy Griswolds.
I was on a time crunch--had to get out the door and to the gym by five a.m. So I started shaking, tugging, stretching and you know what I did?
I made the knot worse.
Which irritated the snot out of me.
I was ready for that crazy knot to beuntangled so I could move on with my day.
Knots aren't always quick fixes. The bigger and tighter the knot, the harder to unwind it--to make it straight.
It takes several deep breaths before a close examination.
You pick one strand to work with. And you use that strand to dip under, through and around until you can break free. Even if a little.
It takes a few minutes of concentration, patience, and endurance.
But when the knot is untangled, you can move on with your day. With your life.
You ever get knots in your life? You neglect it and becomes entangled with other areas of neglect or dare I say unconfessed sin?
You may think, "I ought to just go for the world record of the largest sin and neglect knot. I could win the Guinness."
One big knot looks daunting.
But one strand…
I thought about Russ's father, Clark, leaving him there to untangle that huge knot all by himself. The look on that boy's face was utter hopelessness.
God never leaves us to sort out our own knots. While we're jerking, shaking, and getting frustrated trying to do it on our own. He patiently waits for us to bring it to Him.
Sometimes He helps us in a matter of minutes. And sometimes we have to work that one strand for a period of time.
But He never leaves us or disappoints us. Not like Russ's dad.
Maybe it's a bundle of nerves. A knot of despair. A ball of worry. Whatever it is, you can take it to God and He'll help you straighten it out.
"Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time."
Psalm 34:9 MSG