Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV
Saturday I worked all day at my part-time job. When I got there, I was immediately drawn to this tangled mess of necklaces. Apparently, a customer from the night before desired all of the necklaces, threw them in her shopping bag and demanded that someone untangle the mess and get her one of the necklaces. What was left the morning before was a huge tangled ball of necklaces and the attached stones hanging in the midst. I am one of those persons that finds joy at fixing things, so this seemed the perfect challenge for me in between customers.
How often do we find ourselves caught up in the midst of something, that on first glance, seemed pretty harmless? How often do we gravitate back to that old crowd and get busy doing things we used to do? Even in new situations, how often do you get entangled–be it in the other person’s messes or in sin created by your own fleshly desires?
I know I have fallen victim to that many times in the past. I’ll approach the situation thinking, ‘I know better, so maybe things will turn out differently this time?’
As Einstein so affectionately says: ”
It’s insane of us to think that we, in our own power, can overcome the same struggles we have battled indefinitely without that vital lifeblood power from God. It was insane of that customer to expect some to fix the mess she made…however retail isn’t like life in that the customer is always or most times, right.
I had the favor this year of God giving me a vision for this year. He showed me what will happen this year…and as I approach every situation, I am grateful to know that in those situations I now expect, I can, with God’s direction, eliminate possibilities getting entangled with things…people, places, things, and ideas (because we can get caught up in those too folks) because I was forewarned and freed from them.
Needless to say, at about 5:30 or so that afternoon, me, along with two other co-workers were able to untangled the entangled necklaces. I felt such a rush in doing it, because I had worked on it all morning. It was while I was starting over the 3rd time (twice before someone else had messed with the necklaces and forced me to restart) that God spoke to me that as long as I accept His helping hands to guide me, I too can permanently disentangle myself from everything that is blocking me to reaching my full potential in Him. I too can conquer. Don’t you want to try it? It is much more freeing to be untangled than being kept bound to something that isn’t any good for you.
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NASB