Life’s Knots

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<<Recently I’ve been learning that life comes down to this:  God is in everything.  Regardless of what difficulties I am experiencing at the moment, or what things aren’t as I would like them to be, I look at the circumstances and say, “Lord, what are you trying to teach me?”>>  From a quote by Catherine Marshall (reposted from Steve Rebus)

Because I have come to the same conclusion as Catherine Marshall, I have chosen Romans 8:28 to be my most meaningful scripture:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)

Here is Romans 8:26-28 rephrased in The Message:
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

These “problem” situations are brought to strengthen us in faith and to teach us new ways which will ultimately bring glory to God.  Paul learned to be content in all situations.  (Philippians 4:11)    That is a lofty goal.  One to work on.  I am gratified to know Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message, feels God hears our groans and sighs as prayers for help.  We don’t have to put our knots into words.  God understands.  His solution to our problems is usually not what we want or expect, but a new path which is better than we could have imagined.


About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled --
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4 Responses to Life’s Knots

  1. Richard Lee Green says:

    FYI…..WE can’t change it as this is a promise of God…not a work to be done by us….the power has already been given through Jesus Christ work on the Cross! “Claim It!”
    These “problem” situations are brought to strengthen us in faith and to teach us new ways which will ultimately bring glory to God. Paul learned to be content in all situations. (Philippians 4:11) That is a lofty goal. One to work on.


  2. 9awalsh says:

    You are right — we cannot change the knots in life. We need to claim them, rejoice in them, learn our lesson, and become more Christ-like.


  3. Jack Seibert says:

    That particular Romans verse has always been so memorable in our family, too. When my father passed that was the text Lou Stuart, an evangelist of the time and a close family friend, used so eloquently. That is now nearly 46 years ago. Made us realize that our father, now in heaven with our heavenly father, was really the lucky one. Remember heaven is a special place, not because of the streets of gold, but because that is where the God we love and serve is.


    • 9awalsh says:

      I have fond memories of your Dad, Jack. Though I don’t remember any sermons in particular, his teaching certainly had a great effect on my young Christian life. And, yes, he was the lucky one to be released from this earth. He hasn’t had a single knot in his life since!


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