Pirates and Their Knots...

I have been staying at a place where the décor in the house includes many sailboats, lighthouses, sailors/pirates(the above is life sized standing behind the couch...uhhh creepy), and a plethora of sailor's knots.

Since I am weird, I started thinking so much about the sailor's knots that I had to go online and research them. I wanted to know why there are so many, what is their purpose, when do they get used etc. I don't know why I like to shove this kind of information into my brain, aside from flat out curiosity, but, you never know when you might need some knowhow on a good knot.

So what did I learn? No one knot is used for everything. Here are some knots and their uses:

1. Buntline Hitch-used to hold fast no matter what happens. 2. The Carrick Bend-used because of it's ability to release quickly. 3. Figure 8 Knot-used to stop a line of rope, from passing through an eyelet in another line of rope or from flying loose and escaping. 4. Siberian Knot-used because it's extremely easy to tie, when it is cold and a sailor has less dexterity in his hands, making tying knots difficult. 5. Double Loop Bowline-used to lower an injured man from aloft because it has 2 loops(one for each leg) tied into it. 6. The most common of knots is the Sailors Knot-used because it doesn't slip easily in the wet and is among the strongest of knots.

So why am I telling you all of this information about knots other than equipping you with some much needed info for the next time you choose to jump aboard a pirate ship? Because I believe that the word of God is the same as these knots. Different scriptures will be the perfect for different instances in our lives. Some for comfort, some for conviction, some for celebration, etc.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:

"Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work."

I want to be well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. I really, really do so I am going to study these God-breathed words. I am going to follow every twist and turn of these knots of scripture that will bind me to God's will and since I have this blog anyway, I figured I would share what I learned with you. Each Thursday I will post a scripture, one of my favorites or something new that is jumping out of the word at me, and what I am learning about it. I will do this weekly so that #1 I have accountability and #2 those of you who regularly want to follow these blogs will have some regularity.

There's a favorite hymn of mine, called "Come Thou Fount," (I've written about it before in my blog "My Ebenezer(No, Not The Scrooge)...") and it has a line in it that I have always loved the imagery of. It says

"Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee."

Oh I smile at that visual of taking something and using it to bind my heart to the Lord. The thought of that squished up against, every move He makes I make, inability for me to wander off kind of binding. So I will show you the scripture/knots that bind me to Him.

Look for the first of these blogs, one week from today, next Thursday. They will be called "Knots That Bind...."

Posted on February 17, 2011 and filed under Anything and Everything, Knots That Bind---.