March 7th Lenten Devotional

Christmas Lights and Fishing Line

John W. Stevens

Psalm 19:14

In my life, Christmas lights and fishing line both have a way of getting tangled up. It seems that, without fail, when I am working with either, I will get knots and I will get tangled. Then, if I rush too fast, I get frustrated, angry, and the words of my mouth AND the mediation of my heart do not seem to be in sync with what I want from the world.
Perhaps if I slow down, I can refocus my attention on the places that will be of most help. Taking a deep breath in, and mediating on the tangles and the knots, letting the frustration flow from me, and with a calm(er) spirit, move into the task of untangling that which has become locked in and around itself.

My heart and my mouth can resemble fishing line or Christmas lights. They get tangled easily when I start moving too fast. They get caught up, bound together, when I try to force them into places they are not ready or prepared to go. I find that I need help.
So, with the words of the psalmist, I am reminded I need to ask for the help.
When I was a kid, my dad would help me untangle my fishing line, and now as an adult, my wife helps me with the Christmas lights. I find that asking for help to untangle my spirit, my mouth and my heart is just as essential.

Pray the words of the Psalmist: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

John W. Stevens is pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, located in Oregon City, Oregon. He enjoys coffee, sleight of hand magic, and Jesus.

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