“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15)
Down in the Florida Keys there’s a bait and tackle shop named Capt. Hook’s. It’s crammed full of fishing ‘stuff’. Small signs are on the walls, like “I’ve only got one nerve left, and you’re on it.” For some reason that came to mind as I was dealing with issues regarding my aging father, mainly about his driving the car. If you have an older parent, maybe you can relate to this: we didn’t want him driving any longer. His eyesight was not too good and he had some senile dementia. He was determined to keep driving. Only around town, of course. “Just to church, and the cemetery. Maybe the bank or grocery, but only in the daytime.”
One afternoon we got a call to come and get him; he’d been driving around for hours with no idea where he was. I don’t know who I was more worried about, him or someone in another car he might hit. I did know I was coming to the end of my rope with the driving situation. I prayed a little bit about it, but actually I was trying to figure all of this out on my own.
There’s a saying, “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it.” It is best to go to the Lord first when we have problems. But when we don’t, and all else fails and we’re at the end of our rope, it’s good to remember the knot’s got a name. Jesus.
We prayed and I turned my dad and the whole situation over to the Lord. Not long after that, he decided to give the car away to someone very much needing transportation.
The plan is to remember to go to the Lord in prayer before I get to the end of my rope, and more importantly, Jesus is definitely the best ‘knot’ name.
Sally I. Kennedy
Sally I. Kennedy is a songwriter, the creator of Poppy the Penguin® preschool music videos, and the author of Irish Thursdays: More Little Parables, Words from the Heart, and 52 Little Parables from Ireland . She lives in south Florida, with her husband Ben. Please visit her website: http://www.sallyikennedy.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org