As someone who regularly works with yarn, one thing we crafters cringe about is the dreaded knot in the skein. There is nothing more frustrating than stopping a piece of work to pick and worry a knot until it comes free. This picture is the tangled mess one of my pets left me to unravel, it took two days and the help of my toddler grandson to undo.
The Lord has been speaking to me about knots. Most of us have knots in our memory banks, they are the places where our thoughts and emotions park sometimes. Often we can be taken back to the place where we have tied a knot with a scent, a word, a place, a song, a person, a situation, etc. There are many of us who camp in the place of our knots, holding on to what once was and not looking into what will be. It is to the campers that God is speaking today.
I hear the Lord say, “I AM the UNDO-ER of knots. No matter how twisted the knot where your camp is, I WILL UNDO it! I do not desire for you to hang on to the past, you must progress forward. All your attempts to move in the place of your knot bear no fruit, for you are holding on to the branch I have pruned out of your life. My purpose and My plans for you are good, I have so much more for you, but you are like the children of Israel when I led them from Egypt – looking behind and complaining for what you once had; not seeing the Promised Land directly in front of you. Just as I did with them, I AM NOT TAKING you FROM something, I AM TAKING you TO SOMEWHERE! Partner with me, release your knots to me and free up your hands and feet. Just as knots bind, twist and tighten, the knots where you have set your camp have bound, twisted and tightened around you and only I CAN and WILL UNDO them! Pick up your camp for the fire of My LOVE is preparing to burn and UNDO your knot. Set your face like a flint towards Me and let Me undo you and propel you forward into the place I have for you.”
Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger” (Exodus 16:2-3 NKJV).
Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established (Proverbs 4:25-26).
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).