It's Knot Complicated

Nº 159 weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - AUGUST 17, 2021



“Spend plenty of time with God; let other things go, but don't neglect Him. We are not here to do work for God, we are here to be workers with Him, those through whom He can do His work.” - Oswald Chambers

My friend spent his summer as a deckhand on a water taxi, running back and forth across the Potomac River between Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. As we talked about his adventure, I asked him, “Did you learn many knots?” He looked at me quizzically and said, “No, I only had to know one knot to keep the boat moored to the dock.” Ensuring that the boat did not drift away from the dock was not too difficult, but it was essential. Sometimes we overcomplicate the Christian life. Maybe we should focus on the one thing that is not difficult, but it is critical in our lives. Mary and Martha invited Jesus to dinner. Martha prepared the meal while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Martha became perturbed because she alone did all the work, tying and untying the dinner “knots” by herself. “’Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:41-42) It’s not difficult, but spending time with Jesus is the ‘one thing’ that is essential. Time with Jesus secures the knot that keeps us moored to Him.

Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc