Get a Rope

Okay so today I embarrassed myself.

Well, that is nothing new.  I mean come on….. it is me we are talking about.

It was kinda funny though.  See Mark and I were walking along the River Walk here in New Orleans.  We saw these beautiful palm trees with ropes tied to them.

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We walked passed them several times.  And well, curiosity got the best of me.  I wanted to know why they were being tied down.  I spot a man trimming some bushes back a few feet away from us.  I quickly spouted, “I’m going to ask this guy why they are tied down.”

I marched right up to him and said, “Excuse me sir.  Could you help me with something?”  She stood up and looked at me.  Her name tag clearly said “Linda.” Still, I didn’t catch on until she spoke.

I could have crawled right up under that sidewalk right there.  I tried to keep composure and blow it off as tactfully as I could.  I know my face was every shade of red and it isn’t a sunburn.

In spite of my clear lack of tact and sight, she quickly answered my burning question.

Those palm trees are young and need the support to stand tall against the wind, gravity and any other form of force.  The ropes help build strength and soon they will be removed once they are old enough to weather the winds without them.

Ever feel tied down??  Man, have I lately.  My days are tied down to my job.  My money is tied down to the bakery.  My life is completely tied down with the bakery.  The weight of it pulls me on me every day.

But what if I look at it this way.  God gave me the opportunity for having this bakery.  Maybe He has tied me down to strengthen me?  Maybe it is there weighing me down or anchoring me to stand tall against any wind life blows at me.  Maybe I am tied to it to learn that I need God’s strength and help to weather every storm that rolls in…..

Look at what you are tied down to….. Do you see God there in anyway?  Is He teaching you a lesson in strength, courage, or to the fact that you need to be tied to Him to stand upright?  Wonder if we looked at all the things in our lives that seem to tie us down and I mean really look….. deep into the heart of it…… just wonder if God is there instructing?!?!?!?!

 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

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