you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Psalm 31:4
Life can seem like a net, can’t it? All we need to think about and do in a day can snare us and get us so tangled up, we feel caught. “They” are pulling us in too many directions. Things happen that mess up our routine that we did not see coming. A child wakes up with fever, the car has a flat tire, a deadline is bumped up to today, the computer crashes, the washer stops running when it has just filled with water for the rinse cycle, a loved one is rushed to the ER, your teenager has locked themselves in their room, again.
It appears that the more we struggle to get free, the tighter our obligations, worries, and predicaments wrap around us. Just when we wiggle a hand or a foot free and get a little breathing room, the net flips us upside down. “Really? What’s next?” we sigh. ” Can it get any worse? When will it get better? HELP!”
Then just when the struggle seems to be out of us and we lie spent in the tangle, we hear Heavenly footsteps crunching in the leaves and giant hands begin to work, slowly unwinding us from the net. Thread by thread, the tensions begin to release from around us. The weight and pressures in which “they” have caught us release bit by bit. We begin to sense that we may just get free. Problem after problem begins to resolve. There is hope.
So what will we do? Run like a scared animal back into the forest and into another snare? Or fall to our knees at the feet of our Refuge and Deliverer, receiving comfort and protection – in other words, the “better” we so desperately prayed for?
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