Bind Us Together Lord

Matthew 4:21 KJV And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

Our way of doing things or going about getting them done from start to finish is usually done from an “Analytical Mind.”

Analytical thinkers use knowledge, facts, and information to make sure they get things right. Those with an analytical mind rarely jump to conclusions. They are knowledgeable about their subject and thorough in looking at all the facts before making a decision.

Analytical thinking can also have its downsides. Some decisions are just not suited to analytical thinking. This is especially true when emotions are involved. In addition, logical thinkers can sometimes get bogged down in the detail.

Since our relationship to God is built on Faith in His Word and by the work of His Holy Spirit to draw us into that relationship, emotions most certainly are involved. Analytical thinking will at times need to be put a sidè to live a life of Faith.

I don’t want to assume that God has an Analytical Mind because that would mean He would have to reason things out to accomplish something. That doesn’t seem like a character trait of God. He JUST KNOWS Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING!!!

In God’s Word we are told about this. I like the way The Living Bible says it,

Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. ” TLB

There is a song that I’ve only heard a few times in all my life that just doesn’t want to get out of my head for about a week now. The chorus is, “Bind us together Lord, Bind us together with cords that can not be broken. Bind us together Lord, Bind us together, Bind us together with Love.” It just plays over and over in my mind.

The thought of “binding together” reminded me of my days as a commercial fisherman, a “shrimper” actually. I owned and operated my shrimp boat, the “F/V Eva Marie” for 30 years. I named it after my grandmother. From 1977 to 2007 that was my main source of income. As years went by I learned how to mend my own nets the proper way, not just lacing up a tear like you do shoe strings to close up a hole that let the shrimp get out. Then I learned how to build my own nets because as I was mending them I saw the mistakes that were made when someone else built them.

If you watch someone mending or building nets of any kind you will see them do something that might seem odd. Before you tie the first knot of the patching twine to the net to begin sewing it together you have scissors in hand and start chopping away at the edges of the two sides of the torn webbing or new webbing that need to be sewn together. You always start on a “half mesh and end on a half mesh”

Mend

The red arrow in the pic shows where the person mending this net did it wrong. The yellow string the red arrow is pointing to should have been cut. They have 2 starting points and 2 ending points in 1 repair, WRONG!!! Had they cut that yellow string there would have been 1 start and 1 ending point.

It’s kind of like when you go to the doctor and they say they’ll have to operate on you. They get their knives and start cutting, opening wounds in you. They do damage to you in order to get you well.

In God’s process of “Binding us together” the same principle often applies. When we first started going to Faith Cathedral in 2015, a pastor in the men’s ministry made it a point to greet my wife and I each week. It soon got to the point that we’d look forward to Mr. Glenn’s kind and encouraging words to us as he made his rounds greeting many people before worship would start.

He was basically a total stranger in many ways but with an excitement we’d say, “here comes Mr. Glenn” when his eyes and walk was towards us. Within a year of knowing Mr. Glenn we found out he had been battling cancer and that it had become aggressive again.

We prayed very fervently for his healing but it looked like that wasn’t the route God had planned for him by the doctors reports over time. Then I felt lead to pray differently. “Lord if you are going to take Mr. Glenn don’t give the victory to cancer. Take him some other way but not by cancer, and don’t let him suffer.”

Much too soon God answered that prayer in exactly that way as He’s done two other times in recent years. If you ever read when I say, “be careful what you pray for,” those prayers are the reason why.

Anyway on the morning of his memorial service my wife and I were both getting ready with tears in our eyes and at a loss for why we were so emotionally devastated by Mr. Glenn’s passing away. At one point we embraced each other and sobbed uncontrollably. We both said, “this don’t make any sense. We barely knew this man. How can his death effect us so much.”

All I can say is that surely God had did some “Binding Together” between us and Mr. Glenn and his wife. One day when he was still well and before worship service started he said, “come on, I want y’all to meet my wife.” Miss Jeanette was head of the children’s ministry then so we went find her. God tied the first knots of our relationship with her that day and we’ve remained very close friends.

In a friendship, a marriage, or a working relationship don’t be surprised if it’s not in the hard and sometimes very painful times that God does some amazing “Binding Together” in ways you might least expect it. An analytical mind will probably be at a loss to reason those out.

Maybe it’s in praying for others that Father God ties the knots, I’m not sure. I would seem hard to keep resentful or bad feelings towards someone you pray for regularly but that’s just my analytical mind speaking.

In the economy of God, no person is “whole” alone, by themselves. Like mending a net, you start with a half mesh and end on one, that makes a “whole” hole.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:44‭-‬45 NKJV

Jesus said …… I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 16:18 NKJV

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Colossians 2:2 KJV

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Romans 12:4‭-‬5 NKJV

15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
EPHESIANS 4:15‭-‬16 NASB

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
Psalms 127:1 NKJV

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