Yesterday I spent a good deal of time repairing all of our fishing tackle and equipment and was largely overwhelmed. Not because I am unexperienced in addressing such (with four children we never come home from fishing with everything intact), but rather because of the enormity of the tangles that had accumulated over the past couple of months as I had procrastinated fixing the problems quickly and as they occurred.
It dawned on me that what I was working on, which at times seemed beyond fixability, was a metaphorical reflection of our spiritual lives. Martin Luther wrote in his work, Large Catechism, that God’s wisdom is revealed in the first commandment, You shall have no other gods before me (NIV). Allowing idols to displace God from first place in our lives gives way to the breaking of all the other commandments and begins the onslaught of a tangled web if not quickly addressed through confession, repentance, and restoration. Unlike me and the tangled lines God can fix, heal, and redeem in less than a nanosecond! Wow, that is indeed good news. Question is, why do we choose to try to fix ourselves rather than present ourselves to God for what really works? What have you found works for you in this dilemma and how do you stay the course in allowing Jesus to be Lord and God to be God?