Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You. Thank You for being You, although my understanding of Who You are barely scratches the surface. Lord, You’re good, You give peace, You are patience, You’re faithful, and the list goes on. It is all incredible and I am so blessed by You. Lord, truly, there is nothing to fear when my soul is safe in You. But Lord, I am weak and frail and often I forget how safe I am. Like a little child, I don’t realize the truth: nothing can harm me when I’m in Your hands. Therefore, I choose to place all the things I’ve been concerned about in Your hands this morning. Lord, I surrender my agenda, my desires, my plans unto You and Your perfect will. Lord, thank You for taking every burden, every care. Thank You for continuing to polish me on the inside. Lord, if anyone has wronged me, I forgive them. If I have wronged anyone, please bring it to my attention that I might repent. Lord, I humbly request that You protect the innocent, save the lost, heal the sick and broken, and restore the prodigal. Let men and women call upon the name of the Lord. Thank You. Amen.
Mom has said many times, “It’s really just tying knots.”
As a child, I couldn’t see her point at all.
She was referring to crocheting.
Every stitch in an Afghan or blanket is a series of special knots made in a specific order.
My idea of a knot was what my shoe laces were always doing.
Later in life I saw some pictures and examples of knots used aboard sailing ships.
When I met my husband, he showed me his skill with knot tying as part of his knowledge of woodcraft.
After we were married, I showed him my crocheting.
He thought it was really cool that if you pull on the string before you tie off your work, the whole thing will unravel.
It all returns to the single string of yarn.
It was last night when God taught me something about knot tying.
He used my crocheting to do it.
I was in bed with a migraine.
I’d run out of medicine and although I refilled it, I’d reached the point where I had to stay resting or I’d start being sick.
So, I was laying flat on my back crocheting, when His gentle voice spoke with my heart.
It’s about tying knots.
“What is, Lord?”
Life. You either allow me to direct and guide you, teaching you the best stitches at the time, or you tie your own knots without any idea of what I’m creating.
I looked at my work.
One wrong stitch will throw the entire project off and normally requires tearing out everything, back to that wrong stitch.
Then it has to be pulled out and replaced with the correct one.
Only after all that can the project continue.
My life is a beautiful creation in progress to the Lord.
He is so patient with me and I can look at the many, many times He’s had to unravel a mess of knots I’ve made.
Only to gently start again.
I truly want to work with the Lord, instead of making a mess of things.
Unraveling my knots is often time consuming and uncomfortable.
Yet, the Lord is so patient.
His hands are steadily teaching my heart.
As a new day unfolds, I’m praying for His perspective and to be busy tying knots through His direction and guidance.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for another day. Thank You for watching over us last night and for walking with us in today. Lord, we have no way of knowing how today will unfold, but we do know You will be in it. Lord Jesus, please help us to rest in Your love and to completely trust You in all things. Lord, please keep our hearts free from fear and our minds purged from worry. Please build a hedge of protection around us, that we might quickly recognize the enemy’s lies and deal with them through Your Word. Lord, fill our hearts and minds with You. Thank You, Jesus for another day. Amen.